Description of problem:
In Fedora 14, if the radio hardware switch (RF kill switch) is switch off, the GNOME NetworkManager applet specifically says "wireless is disabled by hardware switch" - which is great because it lets the user know what they need to do to get wireless working.
In the GNOME shell NetworkManager applet on Fedora 15 (and also on 16), there is only a single "wireless switch" widget which can be turned on or off but with no information about why it is turned off - it can be either software in which case clicking it the wireless will turn on, or it could be the hardware switch, in which case clicking the on/off widget (after which the applet menu immediately disappear so you can't tell if it worked or not), will do nothing and the user has to open the menu again, see that it didn't work and - having no other information to work with - try again.
In Fedora 14, in contrast, if the hardware switch is blocking the wireless, then the option to turn the wireless on is grayed out to let the user know that this is not the way to continue and they need to find the hardware switch.
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Steps to Reproduce:
1. turn off wireless using hardware switch, and forget about it
2. Open network manager applet menu to connect to a wireless, see that the wireless switch is "off", click it.
Wireless does not turn on, no notification of what is wrong is given to the user.
There should have been some notification that the hardware switch is in the way, before step 2 above, or barring that - after step 2.
I agree that there should be some indication in the menu why it is disabled. However, I did notice that if you open the network settings, it says the wireless is unavailable and the airplane mode switch is set to on.
If the hardware killswitch is active, then the switch in the menu should disappear and be replaced by "hardware disabled". And it does exactly that for me...
Is this still a problem with the latest versions?
Using gnome-shell-188.8.131.52-1.fc16.i686, the bluetooth menu shows "hardware disabled", but the wifi menu just has the switch off.
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At least since F17, there is a "hardware disabled" note in the menu when the kill switch is on.
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