[arch-dev-public] Questionable apps in core/support

Aaron Griffin aaronmgriffin at gmail.com
Thu Nov 29 12:48:58 EST 2007

On Nov 29, 2007 2:53 AM, Tom K <tom at archlinux.org> wrote:
> Aaron Griffin wrote:
> > I just came across a couple of things in core/support that seemed odd
> > to me, and wanted to ask you guys what you thought:
> >
> > support was intended to be apps which "help out" or "support" the rest
> > of core - like when installing and things like that.
> Hmm, yes.. but is it not also about providing network access by all
> available means? If I wanted to reinstall my laptop right now, I would
> need vpn support to get to the net.

Yeah, that's what I was unsure of. The question in my head was "is it
possible you NEED a vpn connection to get network access". I always
thought of it as more of a supplemental/nice-to-have thing. Never used
it seriously outside of "connect to work from home".

> > c) openswan/openvpn/vpnc
> > I'm on the fence here. I mean, I could see VPN connections being
> > needed at some point during an install or something of the sort, but
> > at the same time, why do we have 3 VPN apps there?
> As Dale mentions, these are three distinct vpn flavours. I requested the
> inclusion of openswan in core for that very reason. If we're going to
> support one in core, we should support them all.

I was actually not aware these were all different. That sucks that we
need 3 apps to do the same thing with slight differences, but oh well.

I'm sated on the VPN issue, they're annoying, but fine as someone may
need VPN access to install, and we can't predict which VPN flavor
they'd need.

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