[plug] Centos openvpn question if I could

Andrew Cooks acooks at gmail.com
Tue Jan 31 09:06:20 WST 2012

On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM, Ian Kent <raven at themaw.net> wrote:

> > It looks good but I have installed openvpn (openswan) and rpm tells me
> > it is there but the /etc/openvpn directory is not there nor is the
> > /etc/init.d/openvpn startup script.
> Obviously you won't find that in an openswan install since it would
> conflict with the init script in an openvpn install.

OpenVPN and Openswan will not necessarily clash, unless the init scripts
make incorrect assumptions about TUN/TAP interfaces. Each service should
have its own init script. (systemd is yet another thing to trip you in
Fedora 15).

As a side note, Openswan is an ipsec implementation which works on the
TCP/UDP layer of the network, whereas OpenVPN works like any "normal
application" on top of TCP/UDP. Ipsec can be really hard to use in the
NATed networks and dynamic IPs that are common today, whereas an
ssl-over-udp tunnel like OpenVPN is relatively simple, so don't switch if
you can help it.

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