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Ubuntu: OpenVPN 2.0.9 client on Ubuntu 9.04

by Kliment Andreev

This is a method to install OpenVPN client on Ubuntu 9.04. First, download OpenVPN client from http://openvpn.net/release/openvpn-2.0.9.tar.gz. Unpack it, but do not install it yet. Then, download lzo-2.03 compression library from http://www.oberhumer.com/opensource/lzo/download/lzo-2.03.tar.gz.

Before installing it, do:

apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev 

Then unpack lzo-2.03, cd to that folder and do:

sudo make
sudo make check
sudo make test
sudo make install 

Once you are done with lzo install, cd to openvpn folder and do the following.

sudo make
sudo make install 

Now, put your config file under /etc/client.ovpn and your keys under your Documents folder. Make sure that you update client.ovpn so it reflects the new path. You can start the client using:

/usr/local/sbin/openvpn --config /etc/client.ovpn

Next, you can create a shortcut or “Launcher”. Make a small script /usr/local/bin/openvpn.sh and put the following lines.

sudo /usr/local/sbin/openvpn --config /etc/client.ovpn

Change the permissions with chmod +x or chmod 744 if you want to have exclusive execute rights and then do:

sudo updatedb 

Right-click anywhere on the desktop, choose “Create Launcher”, choose “Application in Terminal” and browse for the .sh script that you just made.

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