Last week the Ubuntu Online Summit took place where there was talk of several goals to be met in future versions of Ubuntu. One we have already known, such as the use of GCC 5. Other decisions are still being discussed although the fact of the discussion already represents a step forward. like this one of the topics of discussion is the renaming of network interface.
Nowadays, when the system refers to network devices, names such as eth0, eth1, wlan0, Wlan1, etc. are usually used. The idea is to change this standard in such a way that other names or another system is used to change it. the name the network interface.
So far, three methods have been proposed for renaming the network interface
The idea has been launched by Martin Pitt through the mailing list development and so far only three acceptable proposals have been submitted. One of these proposals is to be based on the MAC address of the device, this is the one currently used and has been used for a long time. The other alternative is to use the network interface names used by the Bios, so it would be a copy or a link of the bios names. The third method would be based on a hybrid system, a system known as Ifname that is based on software that generates random names based on the firmware or Bios of the system, in case of failure, the system would use the MAC address.
These are the proposed methods, methods that have been tried and are the most solvent but the Community has not yet pronounced so possibly the name of network interface is something long in the time we do not see until here a long time or at least until the IoT boom that will require a replacement of device addresses, as well as recently we had the problem of IPv4.
Personally I would choose the third method, but the technical details are not very developed so I do not know the technical problems. We will keep you informed on the matter so that a change at this point will be important for a lot of Ubuntu software, scripts and ways of working.