Ubuntu & GOpenVPN: Tunnelblick for *nix!

By robrt on Monday 22 June 2009 16:35 - Comments (7)
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Update: It appears there's network-manager-openvpn which provides the exact same (and even more) functionality. So if you want it neatly integrated with network manager, use that instead. :)

GOpenVPN is a nice little OpenVPN client with its GUI based on Tunnelblick for OS X.
Establishing a new connection is as easy as right-clicking on the icon and choosing "Connect <name of connection>". :)

http://gopenvpn.sourceforge.net/images/dropdown.png

Unfortunately, this wonderful tool appears pretty hard to get up and running on Debian & Ubuntu (9.04). Seeing as the tool is old, instructions are scarce and 95% of Google results for "gopenvpn" give you results for "openvpn" I figured I'd outline it here :)

• Ensure you have all dependencies installed
sudo apt-get install libglib2.0-dev libgtk2.0-dev libglade2-dev libgnome-keyring-dev gksu subversion build-essential autogen automake1.9 autoconf intltool openvpn

• Download the source from svn:
svn co https://gopenvpn.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/gopenvpn gopenvpn

• Open the folder
cd gopenvpn/trunk/gopenvpn/

• In order to get rid of some pesky error messages about missing files, run:
autoheader

• Next, run autogen.sh:
./autogen.sh

• The following re-creates some language files if I'm not mistaken:
intltoolize

• And, lastly, configure it, make it and install it!
./configure
make
sudo make install


Once completed you can run it by issuing "gopenvpn" on the command line. Personally, I added "/usr/local/bin/gopenvpn" to my start-up items (System > Preferences > Startup Applications)

Have fun. :)

Note: I'm not sure if this works at all with KDE (any version). I run Ubuntu with Gnome so that's the only working combination I know of :)

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Comments


By P. Daalemmer, Monday 22 June 2009 16:45

GOpenVPN is a nice little OpenVPN client with its GUI based on Tunnelblick for OS X.
Establishing a new connection is as easy as right-clicking on the icon and choosing "Connect <name of connection>".
apt-get install network-manager-openvpn ???

By Tweakers user Gotiniens, Monday 22 June 2009 16:45

Why do you use Gopenvpn, when Network Manager which is included in ubuntu by default offers the same functionality?

By Tweakers user robrt, Monday 22 June 2009 16:47

network manager didn't support openvpn as far as I could tell, but now I see network-manager-openvpn 8)7
Thanks P. Daalemmer :+

[Comment edited on Monday 22 June 2009 17:12]



By P. Daalemmer, Monday 22 June 2009 16:58

...but now I see there's a network-manager-openvpn package....
It's there for more then 2 years now ;-)

zcat /usr/share/doc/network-manager-openvpn/changelog.Debian.gz

network-manager-openvpn (0.3.2svn2315-0ubuntu1) feisty; urgency=low

* Initial upload to Ubuntu

-- Soren Hansen <sh@linux2go.dk> Sun, 18 Feb 2007 01:20:06 +0100


You can find more plugins for network-manager, there' re pptp and vpnc (Cisco IPSec) variants, very nice !!!

By Tweakers user robrt, Monday 22 June 2009 17:04

Well, that explains why noone's taking care of gopenvpn anymore.. 8)7

By Tweakers user blokje1, Monday 22 June 2009 17:11

Regarding Tunnelblick for OS X I can highly recommmend taking a look at Viscocity, only $9 dollars and in my opinion the best 9 dollars I spent ever on OS X software (except for the last mupromo action).

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