New to FreeRADIUS and looking for answers...

Geoff Dornan geoff at
Sun Aug 27 13:59:25 CEST 2006

Agreed in most aspects, but how I find it easier to learn, and by learn
I mean been able to understand why it works, is by trial and error,
anyone can cut and paste a few lines in a file and get it working but
really how much would you have you have advanced your knowledge on a
specific project (freeradius for e.g) without having to go through all
the trial and errors of debugging, making a few changes, debugging some
more and eventually getting it right, that is an awesome feeling when it
works, and it will work, eventually.

Having documentation is great place to start or go back to as a
reference. But to me you can't bet a few cups of coffee and some serious
time chucked in to get the desired results.

I think chaps like Alan are making invaluable contributions to all out
there using it, there are a lot of people on the list and I see that
mainly 8-10 people only ever take the time to answer people joining and
asking questions (this is not specifically a Free radius list issue),
may be wrong but that it was I have seen on the replies to posts.

I know I am guilty of that, we read, we archive and we watch other
people reply and tell ourselves "yup that was what I would have said"

Why not step up and say it next time, 


-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Sunday, August 27, 2006 10:57 AM
To: freeradius-users at
Subject: Re: New to FreeRADIUS and looking for answers...

I'm not going to get into what the project lacks as this is old news. At

least Alan is working on documentation to support people like us. :)
said that, I find it amazing as to the lack of overal support for the 
project on the Internet. Working examples seem to be hard to come by?

All of the work I do is Microsoft Server based (no suprise)! I am new to

Linux in almost every sense of the word yet I'm well aware of how
it can be... The downfall of Linux on the whole, and I'm not talking
any one project and or distro, is the total lack of real support. When I
real support, I mean good, solid documentation to help new users from
ground up.

If you think back to the days of DOS. You could find countless books on
subject. In Australia, you will find this very hard... The solution
to be, the Internet which I can only assume is because of the "public" 
nature of Linux...

Finding that sweet source of help on Linux however, on the magic
Internet is 
harder than you would think - This is proven in FreeRADIUS a project
has been around for some time...

We all know its fantastic, and we all know Linux is sensational even if
newbies can't use it... What upsets me is those users who clearly have
head around it who don't help guys like us! I'm not having a go at
anyone on 
this project, I'm talking in general so please understand... :)

I am very keen to move away from Microsoft based solutions and this was 
going to be my first project... The perfect box to handle the AAA 
requirements of my wireless network, and to act as proxy to filter the 
web............ How bloody hard this is...



>From: "affora deeb" <engineerafraa at>
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><freeradius-users at>
>To: "FreeRadius users mailing list"
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>Subject: Re: New to FreeRADIUS and looking for answers...
>Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2006 08:40:37 +0200
>hi Scott
>i have the same problem u talked about
>i need someone to help me in configuring free radius on linux server
>so please if any one can do this favour i'll be so thankfull
>On 8/26/06, Scott Holland <hollstar2047 at> wrote:
>>Hi Guys,
>>I'd like to begin by saying I'm new, 100% in fact to both Linux and
>>FreeRADIUS. Having said that, I am in a position where by I feel I
need to
>>use both to overcome certain problems I am having at work. Allow me to
>>a very brief overview as I don't want to waste anyones time:
>>We have a building with 10+ WAP. They are connected to an ADSL2
>>which is being abused by staff. I now have a HP DL340 1U Server, ready
>>set up as a FreeRADIUS box but, have no clue as to how.
>>In short, I need to better monitor what users are doing and restrict
>>level of access they have such as what websites they can visit and so
>>part, I feel FreeRADIUS can help.
>>Having said all this, I'm at a loss like so many people it would seem
>>the FreeRADIUS concept. It appears powerfull on the surface however I
>>to be unable to find any good material on the subject. Most of it, is
>>and dated.
>>Yes, the documentation is good, but I see nothing that really guides
>>step by step, in learning this complex program....
>>While I'd love someone to spend the time to help, I don't expect it!
>>would like, is someone to help me by pointing me in the right
direction! I
>>have been looking at the book RADIUS, which is currently very hard to
>>here in Australia. So hard, I'd have to get it from the US and wait
>>eight weeks as the publisher is yet to reprint a book first written
>>I hope you can understand where I am coming from and I look forward to
>>help people can offer.
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