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I'm trying to setup openvpn client on Debian Linux so my traffic goes through he vpn. I have done a lot of Googling and in all the articles I crossed it mentions that I need to copy the certificate and key, as well as the CA certificate, from the server. Below is one of the tutorials

Most of the vpn providers just provide me with an ip with userid/pass how would I connect to them without having the certificate and key?

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Most of those providers use PPTP (sometimes L2TP), not the OpenVPN protocol, so you need pppd instead. See the tutorial for HideMyAss, for example.

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