Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 448202
Firefox3.0 starts in "Offline mode" even when there is a valid network available
Last modified: 2008-05-24 11:35:58 EDT
Description of problem:
When I start firefox from the panel it always start in offline mode. I am
connected via ethernet using DHCP to a network that is always on. I am not using
NetworkManager but "network" is enabled When I want to browse I need to unclick
But again when Firefox is started the "Work Offline" check box is enabled
automatically. Has to be disabled every time.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Disable NetworkManager. Enable network "chkconfig network on". Use firefox.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Disable NetworkManager and stop it.
2. Enable network "chkconfig network on" and start it.
3. Start Firefox
Firefox3.0b5 starts in Offline mode. Has to check off "Work Offline" every time.
Firefox starts and should be able to browse without checking off "Work Offline"
all the time.
There is no good way to test for a valid network without NetworkManager, without
actually pegging the network, which could be slow because of DNS queries, etc.
To avoid doing this and delaying startup, Firefox uses NM to query for network
NetworkManager is a core component of desktop. It used to be disabled by
default in older Fedora versions because we felt it was not ready for everyone
to use. Now we do feel it is ready for everyone to use and have updated our
client software accordingly; thus disabling it is not recommended on client
machines as some software will have broken/strange functionality.