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

On Thu 11 Apr 2002, Keith G. Murphy wrote:
> Bernd Eckenfels wrote:
> > 
> > On Thu, Apr 11, 2002 at 10:18:08AM +0200, Russell Coker wrote:
> > > You only need pptp-linux if you use an Ethernet attached modem instead of the
> > > USB attached modem (which is E50 cheaper).
> > 
> > This does not make sence at all. PPTP is also a WAN Tunneling and VPN
> > Protocol. How can a Linux Router speek PPTP without linux-pptp package? This
> > is a often used VPN Solution to Windows servers. And if there is no bug, it
> > is not a good idea to remove the package.
> > 
> Do ya think they're talking about PPPOE, rather than pptp?  It would
> make more sense in that context...

No, he's right; at least, the part about VPN is correct.

Russell was speaking in the context of the common ADSL offering here in
the Netherlands, where an Alcatel ADSL modem is commonly used. You have
to speak PPTP to that modem, unless you can hack it (see earlier
discussion). As an alternative to the ethernet attached modem, there's
also an USB modem, and for that you don't need PPTP.

However, PPTP has more uses than just talking to these things: it's also
used when connecting to Windows VPN servers. So in those cases you also
need pptp-linux (the point Bernd was making).

Paul Slootman

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