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Bug#321999: ITP: vde -- virtual distributed ethernet

On Tuesday 09 of August 2005 07:19, Guus Sliepen wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 08, 2005 at 06:47:14PM +0200, Piotr Roszatycki wrote:
> > VDE is a virtual network that can be spawned over a set of physical
> > computer over the Internet
> >
> > VDE connects together: (1) real GNU-linux boxes (tuntap) (2) virtual
> > machines: UML-User Mode Linux, qemu, bochs, MPS.

> I don't object to choice in Debian, but I am wondering why VDE has been
> created when there are alternatives like OpenVPN, tinc and GVPE, which
> can all tunnel Ethernet over the Internet and work like a switch as
> well. Tinc can even work with UML sockets (and since GVPE can use some of
> tinc's components, it can probably be compiled to do so as well). Both
> tinc and GVPE let you specify endpoints, both tools will automatically
> create a full mesh of tunnels. The performance of OpenVPN, tinc and GVPE
> will probably also be better because they use UDP instead of TCP streams
> (like you would get with dpipe = ssh).

I'm using the VDE as a virtual switch for QEMU and I've found it is extremaly 
useful. The possibility of creating p-t-p tunnels are IMHO less important. 
Also, the VDE provides the bi-directional pipes which can be used to connect 
two separate local shell applications and I think it is very cool feature.

So... I'm using the VDE not as VPN software but virtual switch for locally 
execuded emulators and IMHO this is primary job for this toolkit.

 .''`.    Piotr Roszatycki, Netia SA
: :' :    mailto:Piotr_Roszatycki@netia.net.pl
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