A few days ago, Ubuntu snatched an SVN copy of Network Manager 0.7, which has finally, after thousands of years of development, reached maturity.
Ubuntu intends to use this as a base to edit the app slightly to better implement "built-in 3G networking support."
Taken from the 8.10 release notes, (which I edited some myself):
Intrepid Ibex ships Network Manager 0.7, which comes with long-expected features, some of which are:
More information can be found on the Network Manager wiki.
- Ability to manage system wide settings (Ex. No need to log in in order to get a connection.)
- Ability to manage 3G connections (GSM/CDMA.)
- Ability to manage multiple active devices at once.
- Ability to manage PPP and PPPOE connections.
- Ability to manage devices with static IP configurations.
- Ability to manage routes for devices.
So, as you can see Network Manager 0.7 is a huge leap from 0.6.6, which 8.04 currently has. This was part of what I meant as to how Ubuntu's default applications' major version releases fit nicely into Intrepid's release schedule.