kinternet alternative in FreeBSD

Polytropon freebsd at
Fri Sep 14 09:27:00 UTC 2012

On Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:05:03 +0200, suseuser04 at wrote:
> Matthias, Polytropon:
> I have answered to your messages using "reply to" but my messages
> haven't reached the mailing list. I am posting now my answer in a
> new (not reply to) mail.

Check your mail client for reply options. I'm using Sylpheed
here and have:
	- Reply
	- Reply to all
	- Reply to sender
	- Reply to mailing list
I assume this is decided upon the headers From:, Reply-To:,
and Cc:. I don't see a MUA declared in your mail headers,
so whatever you use, check for such reply options. Even
"old-fashioned" tools like (al)pine have then. :-)

> Thank you for your answers.
> I am using KDE 3.5.10. I would like to use FreeBSD as a desktop machine
> for replacing openSUSE if it is possible at all.

I don't see a reason why this shouldn't be possible. Many years
ago, FreeBSD 4 obsoleted Linux as my home desktop, and I do not
regret the choice. Depending on what _you_ actually *do* with
your computer, there _may_ be certain "obstacles".

> For clarity, I do not need exactly kinternet, I want only an GUI frontend
> for pppdial which possibly resides in system tray and can be used to control
> network connections.

As I said, I've heared of a tool named kppp, and according to
the traditional naming convention in KDE (of _that_ time), I
assume this is a KDE program for dealing with ppp. Even though
networking is done at OS level which doesn't have such a tight
integration with desktop environments as this is done in
Linux (as the "big three" desktop environments are quite
Linux-centric), ppp can be invoked by the user (if he has
been granted the required permissions by the system administrator).
If a KDE program can "communicate" with the ppp command line
tool, it should work.

> In openSUSE kinternet is a frontend for smpppd package.
> smpppd requires ppp. I will try to look into it whether  smpppd  can
> work with FreeBSD's ppp.

That sounds like an interesting approach. Good luck!

I know that's basically possible. Many years ago, I wrote
a Tcl/Tk-based frontend with buttons to enable / disable
the connection, see the status and the elapsed time. If
that has been possible, chances are good that KDE in its
much advanced manner has something comparable.

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
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