This has frustrated me for a month or so... I can get onto my work VPN
via the ShrewSoft client (ike and ike-qtgui) but it's not integrated
with NetworkManager (and overwrites /etc/resolv.conf, interfering with

You have to resort to manual configuration of the dnsmasq instance
created by NetworkManager in order to get it to play nice with managed
connections - turn off the DNS settings in the ShrewSoft client and add
them manually to dnsmasq to stop it overwriting /etc/resolv.conf

The manual config above may also work, but likewise, won't play nice
with other NetworkManager connections.

The NM plugin for StrongSwan has been updated to support PSK but I don't
know if this means it supports IKEv1... it imposes a 20 character
minimum, and of course, my network admin has configured a PSK shorter
than this, so I can't test it.

I agree with the sentiments expressed above that removing support for an
exceedingly common (if not best-practice) VPN configuration does not
create the best impression of Ubuntu. RedHat has retained support via
the NetworkManager-libreswan plugin as described in the page below.

Sadly, Debian still has libreswan in the "experimental" section.

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  L2TP client support for PSK removed from 15.04/15.10

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