When setting up the network during initial system installation, the check box "Connect automatically" is not automatically pre-selected, although a physical network card has been detected.
When overlooking this most probably unexpected feature, the network is not set up correctly after the initial reboot.
Configure Network -> Wired (name: System pci3p1, last used: never) -> Edit -> IPv4 Settings
"Connect automatically" is not selected.
acked on several installs, how could this one get through beta (sorry for the flame)?
This is the case of configuring network in installer that is (using Configure Network button) as opposed to network enablement in installer (happens when network is actually needed, using NetworkManager Connection Editor (nm-c-e) as well) where the device is also activated, and "Connect Automatically" which corresponds to ifcfg ONBOOT value is set to "yes" by anaconda (after nm-c-e is closed).
Anaconda is limited by using nm-c-e here. The latter sets the value of "Connect Automatically" based on ONBOOT value in respective ifcfg file. The problem is that if we wanted to set default to yes here - by setting value of ONBOOT to "yes" before nm-c-e is run, it would trigger activation of the device immediately (before nm-c-e is run and configuration set). So we can't preset the value of "Connect Automatically".
Nevertheless, some improvements of your issue have been done in scope of bug #498207, i.e. if the link is detected on the device, it will be activated automatically after reboot by default.
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