Full network support

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at gmail.com
Mon Feb 9 17:42:16 GMT 2009

On Sun, 2009-02-08 at 12:26 +0300, Slavutinsky Victor wrote:
> Dear developers, there's a little problem to be solved. I've ask your
> help in it. This question arosed many times on other places like
> launchpad bugs, launchpad blueprints, official and unofficial forums,
> etc, for years already.
> By now, network support in Ubuntu downloadable Desktop Edition CD is
> partial still. It not include packages like network-manager-pptp,
> network-manager-vpnc, and so on.

What you're saying about a painful install process to get those packages
bothers me.  I suppose it'd be nice if on packages.ubuntu.com there were
AptURLs available...

Another potential route:
vpnc is installed by default
Use vpnc to connect from command line first time
Go to packages.ubuntu.com
Download VPNC plugin for NM so you have a GUI

The rationale is that the user can make the initial connection and plain
vpnc is a smaller package than n-m-vpnc, hopefully making it easier to
fit it on the CD.

Though I would like to point out that from your definition, I cannot
think of any operating system with "100% network support" out of the
box.  As far as I know, none include a VPN by default.  Some don't even
include ethernet by default :P

Mackenzie Morgan
apt-get moo
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