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Since about 5 months now, there has been a new Chocolatey package maintainer for OpenVPN

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/08/26

Last winter, I discovered that the OpenVPN version on Chocolatey was really old: it had not been updated since 2019.

Most  Chocolatey maintainers are volunteers and sometimes the burden can become too large. Back then the maintainer was [Wayback/Archive] Chocolatey Software | wget, but luckily [Wayback/Archive] Chocolatey Software | dgalbraith has stepped in and in March 2022 bumped the version from [Wayback/Archive] Chocolatey Software | OpenVPN 2.4.7 to [Wayback/Archive] Chocolatey Software | OpenVPN – Open Source SSL VPN Solution 2.5.4 and kept maintaining (currently there is [Wayback/Archive] Chocolatey Software | OpenVPN – Open Source SSL VPN Solution 2.5.7).

I found this out as when installing OpenVPN, it lacked some features that I needed for an OpenVPN server I had recently configured. It also included an older OpenSSL version that had security issues.

My modus operandi for a lot of things is to keep a browser tab open (yup, I’m one of those people with 100s of open tabs constantly complaining about Google Chrome and others using so much memory :)

Anyway, because of that, I found out that November 2020 [Wayback/Archive] OpenVPN is outdated · Issue #14 · wget/chocolatey-package-openvpn was marked “Closed” in March 2022 because of a new maintainer.

@wget The OpenVPN package is out of date. Last update we had on the Disqus comments was a year ago talking about removing the gpg4win-vanilla dependency (which is deprecated) and an update to 2.4.8. Can you provide an update on what is happening with it?

Hi there. Thanks pauby for the nudge. Sue, I’ve seen this issue.
What I need to do for this:
  • extend the official chocolatey extensions with the PGP functions I wrote
  • when this ^ is merged, update the 2.4 branch with the latest version
  • then remove the .exe specific calls to an .msi installer for the 2.5 branch
So this will require some time, and I’ll need Chocolatey’s help to review the patches I’ll upstream.
When the 2.5 branch (which introduces an .msi installer is live), we will be able to move the package to the core team packages repo.
The GPG and lack of msi installer was preventing me to make t a core package :/


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