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    Help with Setting Up Tunnel Bear VPN in Ubuntu Mate 18.04

    I went to this website https://www.tunnelbear.com/blog/linux_support/ to set up everything but since I'm not using vanilla Ubuntu the instructions couldn't be followed. In my network settings I have no VPN option. Though I do have in the drop down menu on the top panel on my networking icon a "VPN Connections" and an "Add a VPN Connection" dialog but it is greyed out (picture below). I don't see any other menus that mention anything about VPN settings so I am a little stuck. I've downloaded the config files for Tunnel Bear. I just need help in getting my system set up. Thank you!

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    Re: Help with Setting Up Tunnel Bear VPN in Ubuntu Mate 18.04

    Do you have openvpn installed?

    Code:
    sudo apt install network-manager-openvpn-gnome
    Then restart.

    Code:
    sudo systemctl restart network-manager

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    Re: Help with Setting Up Tunnel Bear VPN in Ubuntu Mate 18.04

    Thanks for the reply. Yes I have openvpn installed. Restarted network manager but still no change. I do have ProtonVPN installed also and it works fine.

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    Re: Help with Setting Up Tunnel Bear VPN in Ubuntu Mate 18.04

    These instructions are the same as Proton's. I don't understand the problem then.

    https://protonvpn.com/support/linux-vpn-setup/

    https://www.tunnelbear.com/blog/linux_support/

    Regardless of vanilla or non-vanilla Ubuntu desktop, if you have network manager you should be able to modify a connection in the same way.

    Could you please explain how it is that Proton works but not the other when they are configured the same?
    Last edited by EuclideanCoffee; May 26th, 2020 at 02:50 PM.

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    Re: Help with Setting Up Tunnel Bear VPN in Ubuntu Mate 18.04

    I just used the command line set up, as shown here: https://protonvpn.com/support/linux-vpn-tool/

    My question is how do I set up a VPN on MATE when the menus are completely different? There are no VPN options like there is in Gnome. At least one that works. Mine is greyed out for some reason (see pic above). And that's the only VPN related anything that I see in any Settings menu that I've looked at.
    Last edited by KenUBF; May 27th, 2020 at 01:12 AM.

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    Re: Help with Setting Up Tunnel Bear VPN in Ubuntu Mate 18.04

    Ah. I see. Your question would've been easier to answer if you asked for setting up VPN on a MATE desktop environment forum.

    It appears it may be recommended to simply install network manager. I didn't realize network manager didn't come with MATE.

    https://support.purevpn.com/setup-yo...op-environment

    These menus will be available then through the application. Otherwise I would ask at a MATE specialist forum.
    Last edited by EuclideanCoffee; May 27th, 2020 at 06:09 AM.

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    Re: Help with Setting Up Tunnel Bear VPN in Ubuntu Mate 18.04

    Thank you!

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    Re: Help with Setting Up Tunnel Bear VPN in Ubuntu Mate 18.04

    I tried the settings in the page but that didn't seem to bring up any menus that I could find. I think a MATE specific forum might work better. Thanks for the help!

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    Re: Help with Setting Up Tunnel Bear VPN in Ubuntu Mate 18.04

    Makes sense. Good luck.

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