We're deploying application specific netbooks to users at a variety of sites. These are basically mobile kiosks that have very limited functionality. Since we can't predict everyone's connectivity situation, we need to provide some access to network manager.
Our application can tell when it's not connected to the internet. I'd like to show network-manager at those times via nm-applet. I can think of two possible solutions, but I haven't found any way to implement them.
- Keep the nm-applet on the top panel, but hide that panel. When connectivity is lost, show the panel.
- Remove the panel, and somehow show the nm-applet.