Thank you for filing this bug. I agree that it's worth asking the
desktop team to consider the default set of VPN plugins available by
default from time to time.
> In fact, most major desktop OSes have removed PPTP altogether because
I'm commenting because I'd like to point out that I don't think this is
a reasonable justification. Ubuntu is *user focused*. Users don't
usually have the option of choosing their VPN technology since the
server end is normally configured by someone else. Ideally I think
Ubuntu should make sure that the majority of users can connect most
easily to the VPN they already have. We should keep Ubuntu useful to the
majority of Ubuntu users by default. This should be our primary
motivator for any decision.
A secondary effect is that those in control of choosing VPN technologies
might be influenced by the availability of clients in Ubuntu as default.
It might be reasonable for us to change what we ship by default based on
this effect, but it should only be secondary to the primary cause of
shipping something useful to users.
Inconveniencing users by removing the availability of a component by
default because we think they should be using something different is not
something I think is appropriate for the Ubuntu project. I don't think
it's appropriate for us to be hostile to our users in this manner.
Ubuntu has traditionally done the exact opposite - for example by taking
the pragmatic stance in making available non-free codecs and drivers
instead of deliberately making it difficult for users who have already
made non-free hardware and codec choices such as some other
If PPTP support is removed by default for policy (rather than technical
or maintenance) reasons, I think it be done on the basis that Ubuntu VPN
users don't need and won't miss PPTP support and not just because we
think that the users are doing it wrong.
I have no objection to bringing in other plugins for default (eg.
openvpn sounds like a great idea) but of course that is subject to a
team being prepared to commit the time to maintain that.
(I'm just an unconnected Ubuntu developer and have no say in any final
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