Well, others have been able to do freeswan 2 freeswan connections with my VPN. I will try this later -- I have to get my linux box a direct, not NAT'd connection first. So, it appears that the problem lies with SSH Sentinal.
I have looked and looked but there seem to be no detailed DOCs on howto do a preshared secret with SSH Sent version 1.3 All the 1.2 docs seem to be up to date, but I found a 1.2 installer, installed it, and it wouldnt work!!
So please, slashdot crowd, I need the help!