I have had problems using OpenVPN on Ubuntu 11.04. I am not able to connect at all. I see there are some outstanding bugs related to this that also affect 12.04. Can anyone recommend a different linux flavor that can run OpenVPN without issue? My vpn service is vyprvpn. I am able to connect using my android phone and my imac. It is only my linux machines running Ubuntu that cannot connect.
Fedora 17 runs OpenVPN beautifully (I can't speak for Fedora 18 though, I've heard it has some issues). I use it every day and I rarely have problems. Occasionally I have to restart the service by running
I am surprised however to hear that it isn't working for you on Ubuntu. I have friends that run OpenVPN on Ubuntu 12.04 without problems, so it may be a configuration issue for either you or the server. If it is a config issue, switching distros will just waste your time. If it is bugs related to Ubuntu though, switching may be worth while.
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I run OpenVPN on a number of different Linux based distros, (including, among others, Ubuntu 12.04 and CentOS5) and without needing to do manual restarts (and for long periods) - without issue. Are you sure the problem is not your configuration or firewall on your box ?