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Re: VPN solution(s) for Fedora Core



On Fri, May 21, 2004 at 11:52:09AM -0400, Jason Tackaberry wrote:
> I'd like to raise the issue here and spark a discussion in the hope
> that we can find consensus on one or more pieces of VPN software to
> include in Fedora Core 3.

Well, FC2 includes ipsec-tools, so I wouldn't say it includes no VPN
software.

> I have been using and reading about OpenVPN (http://openvpn.sf.net).  It
> is intuitive, well designed [1], and has excellent documentation.  It is
> released under the GPL, with a special exception clause to allow linking
> with OpenSSL. OpenVPN is quality software, and we would be remiss not to
> consider it for inclusion in FC3.

There's a OpenVPN package in fedora.us QA:

  https://bugzilla.fedora.us/show_bug.cgi?id=1531

(Which reminds me, I never did submit a couple of minor fixes I made.
Oops.)

> OpenVPN is released for most unices (including OS X), as well as Windows
> 2000/XP.  It relies on the kernel only for the tun/tap device.  I have
> toyed with other VPN software (notable CIPE, vtun, and freeswan), and
> OpenVPN was the only one that Just Worked, and worked intuitively.

I can second that.  I've used it Linux-to-Linux and Windows-to-Linux
and it Just Worked.  It has also Just Worked behind a bunch of random
firewalls.

> I think the other main contender for VPN software in Fedora Core would
> be Openswan.  OpenVPN is portable, comfortable (being in userspace),
> flexible, and easy, but Openswan implements IPsec which is (mostly)
> standardized across vendors, and that's certainly a strong selling
> point, in spite of its complexity.

Like I said, FC2 can already to IPsec.  Regardless, I have also been
working on an openswan package for fedora.us:

  https://bugzilla.fedora.us/show_bug.cgi?id=1271

It still needs work, and I haven't even thought about getting it
working with the built-in 2.6 IPsec stuff yet.

Steve
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