[Openswan Users] klips stability & kernel versions

Paul Wouters paul at xelerance.com
Sat Jul 8 06:30:44 CEST 2006

On Fri, 7 Jul 2006, Gary W. Smith wrote:

> You have a very good point here.  I have had the same complaint with the
> netfilter group where they would say "It works for me".  When asked what
> version they refer the some nightly build last week.
> I think that a lot of people miss that people use these in controller
> production environments where this isn't practical or possible to keep
> changing kernels every day.
> Anyway, it would be nice for the builders to also include the kernel for
> which it was built/tested on.

Most of the unstability comes from changes to the kernel, not changes in
Openswan userland or KLIPS. Sadly, the kernels as of 2.6.12+ have all seen
radical networking changes, and we keep having to play catch up.

Running a 2.6.16.x or 2.6.15.x is just not a very good idea for any production
system. These are not even "full releases".

A lot of our production servers are now based on xen, and we are running 2.6.11-xenu
on those. But we also have 2.6.12 kernels from FC3 with NETKEY, and 2.4.32. The
daily regression test currently uses Some of our own embedded VPN devices
run 2.6.12.


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