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Subject: Re: obvious(?) question
From: Damion Wilson <dwilson,AT,ibl,DOT,bm>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 00:48:46 +0200
In-reply-to: <1156.>


That kind of thinking is dangerously self-limiting. Most of us freeware (I'm 
RMS-compatible today) developers are trying to solve our own real-world 
problems when we undertake these difficult tasks. If I, for one, could force 
all the real world users out there to use Linux, should I ? There are some 
who really are dependent on one solution or another that doesn't exist 
anywhere but Windows. Should I make them quit their jobs because some 
software vendor won't port the app that they need to Linux or OSX or BeOS, 
etc ?

The impetus for CIPE-Win32 was that, after eschewing PPTP and IpSEC VPN 
solutions and choosing CIPE, Windows-based road warriors needed a way to 
connect to the (Linux-based) VPN to access the Sybase database inside. I 
wrote the code to do it and the "itch" was scratched.

I like to think that CIPE-Win32 has aided the cause of getting more people to 
use Linux for VPNs and routers. What would your tactic accomplish ?


On Thursday 24 October 2002 06:55 pm, Ed Schernau wrote:
> Here's a question whose answer is not (to me) immediately obvious.
>  Why doesn't everyone just run CIPE on Linux?  It seems we're all
> savvy enough...  Drop a Linux box in front of your Win2K box, and
> be done?
> What was the impetus for a Win32 port?
> Ed

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