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Before beginning, make sure that your clock is current. This can be done either through GNOME/KDE or with the `date` command. An out of date clock will fail to validate the certificate.
Most distributions come with the prerequisite packages. Verify that
wpa_supplicant is installed. (Different distributions may have slightly different names for the package.)
So most of you know what Google's Summer of Code is. If not, go read up on it: http://code.google.com/soc/2007/
A PostgreSQL representative recently contacted me looking for students for the Summer 2008 program. If you are interested in being paid to contribute to the best open source database this summer, let me know and I'll get you hooked up.
To begin, make sure that the pptp package for network manager (network-manager-pptp) is installed using synaptic package manager.
Start configuring by clicking (not rightclicking) on the network manager icon in the top menubar, then select Configure VPN under VPN connections.
Most of you will be familiar with the name Greg Kroah-Hartman. If not, go google for a bit. We'll wait.
Now that you're back, here's the text from his 2006 OLS Keynote. It's a good read, especially to those not familiar with kernel development.