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Re: [2002-04-06] Release Status Update

On Thu 11 Apr 2002, Russell Coker wrote:
> On Sun, 7 Apr 2002 22:40, Paul Slootman wrote:
> > > Over the past few weeks most of the following packages have been removed
> > > from the upcoming release due to bugs and such [0].
> >
> > [...]
> >
> > >     dnrd               logtrend-consolidation  pptp-linux
> >
> > Could someone give a pointer where I can found out why pptp-linux has
> > been removed? Its BTS page shows only a single unresolved bug, and a
> > minor one at that (spelling mistake in README.Reference). No RC-bugs,
> > fixed or unfixed.
> >
> > Alternatively, what needs to be done to have this package in woody?
> > Recently, ADSL (MXstream as the dutch telco KPN calls it) has taken
> > quite a flight here in the Netherlands, and for that pptp-linux is
> > needed...
> You only need pptp-linux if you use an Ethernet attached modem instead of the 
> USB attached modem (which is E50 cheaper).

Yes, but often the line comes in many meters away from the system, and
the simplest thing is then to run some UTP to the ADSL modem.

> Also the Ethernet attached devices that they are selling are reprogrammable 
> and have PPTP capabilities.  Getting a Linux machine going without PPTP is 
> doable.

In the beginning the ethernet attached devices were easily hacked (the
reprogramming you mention was in fact a hack, and would void any
warranty).  Nowadays the capability to do this has been removed
entirely, as a colleague recently discovered when he tried this (he has
a Mac with OS-X, and is having trouble getting the link up if he doesn't
use the GUI interface to do that).

All of this, however, still doesn't answer the question why it was
removed, and why it can't go back in.

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So your long legalistic sig is also void? :-)

Paul Slootman

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