I have two laptop computers. A newer one for work, running Win XP Pro, and an older one that I should have simply recycled, but I thought I'd put PC-BSD on for kicks, and see how it felt. It feels pretty good and after four successive installs I think I now have a working system. Now I am seriously considering going with PC-BSD on both computers. But before I do that, I need to make sure that everything I do under XP I can do just as well under PC-BSD.
I am a freelance economist. I make my living with Stata (http://www.stata.com
) and R (cran.r-project.org) both of which run under BSD. But I sometimes work off my clients' servers, through a VPN and Remote Desktop Connection. Those servers are Windows 2000 machines, so when I open a remote desktop connection the screen looks and feels very familiar. Data are on the D:/ drive, installed programs such as MS Access are on the C:/ drive, there's a startup menu, everything. It's no different from working on my own Windows computer.
Could I do that from a PC-BSD machine? I installed the OpenVPN port and the Kovpn front-end, but now I am stumped. The OpenVPN needs to be configured and there's a sample client.conf file here http://openvpn.net/howto.html#client
, but I have no clue what I should change in it, or where it should go on my computer. I had hoped Google would drop into my lap a blog that described the process, but no such luck.
Same goes for Kovpn, though that thing at least came with a readme file. Has anybody done anything like this before?