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At long last, WireGuard VPN is on its way into Linux

Date 10 Dec 2019
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Posted By Brittany Day
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For years, developers have been working on this new take on the virtual private network, and now it's finally ready to go. Learn more about this in-kernel VPN, which should be released in the next major Linux kernel release, 5.6, in the first or second quarter of 2020: 

How much are people looking forward toWireGuard, the new in-kernel Linux virtual private network (VPN)? Well, Linus Torvalds said, "Can I just once again state my love for it and hope it gets merged soon? Maybe the code isn't perfect, but I've skimmed it, and compared to the horrors that areOpenVPNandIPSec, it's a work of art."

If that sounds like damning with faint praise, you don't know Torvalds. For him, this is high praise.WireGuard has now been committed to the mainline Linux kernel. While there are still tests to be made and hoops to be jumped through, it should be released in the next major Linux kernel release, 5.6, in the first or second quarter of 2020.

WireGuard has been in development for some time. It is alayer 3secure VPN. Unlike its older rivals, which it's meant to replace, its code is much cleaner and simple. The result is a fast, easy-to-deploy VPN. While it started as a Linux project, WireGuard code is now cross-platform, and its code is now available on Windows, macOS, BSD, iOS, and Android.

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