So I was messing with my Ubuntu 8.04 installation for hours trying to find the way to connect to VPN with NetworkManager. It used to ‘just work’ in Fedora 12 but doesn’t in Ubuntu. It’s an old version (older than Fedora 12) but it’s supposed to be LTS – Long Term Service and I expect things available in here to be working without problem. The only missing thing should be whatever new features available on later versions.
See, VPN is available. And network-manager-openvpn is available. It should work, right?
Doing anything useful with your network configuration, like, setting static IP, will remove the “VPN Connections” menu from the applet. Surely creating advanced network configuration, like, bridged connection worsen the matter.
After few hours, I decided to see if it’s a general problem… and this I found. Status: confirmed.
Great. 2 years and 5 months unfixed bug. The developers never try their own work? Heh.
I want my time back. I’m so not going to use it from command line – it’s 2010 and I’m not using OpenBSD here (and OpenBSD has easier bridged networking configuration).
If you ask me why I switched to Ubuntu from Fedora – older version no less, the reason is I wanted (and still want) to try OpenVZ. This will be discussed in another post (rant).