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Old 08-02-2019, 03:41 AM   #1
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VPN - networkmanager or not?


I am currently using the Nordvpn package provided by Nordvpn to manage my VPN connections. I use this on both Ubuntu and on Archlinux (from the AUR.)

I'm having some issues with Archlinux (that's another story!) and am going to return to Slackware on my main desktop.

I was using Slackware before on my main desktop and I used Networkmanager to connect to my Nordvpn account. This worked fine but seemed less reliable than using Nordvpn's package.

What I wonder is whether my feeling that Networkmanager is less reliable is subjective. Are there any disadvantages to using Networkmanager to connect to my VPN? I realise that some might say the disadvantage is using Networkmanager itself but I am going to use it regardless.

Alternatively, does anyone know of a Slackware package for Nordvpn?

I am aware that I can use Openvpn directly but I don't want to do that.

TIA
 
Old 08-02-2019, 09:41 PM   #2
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I'm curious. Just how are you using Network Manager to connect to a VPN? It seems a rather unconventional usage.
 
Old 08-03-2019, 03:34 AM   #3
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Perhaps I misunderstand what happens with Networkmanager but VPN connections can be made directly from the nm-applet. In the screenshot, you'll see the function but I haven't set it up because I'm using the Nordvpn package on this PC.
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Old 08-07-2019, 06:43 PM   #4
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It's only recently that nordVPN has even had a Linux client, and when it was new it was horrible - it was really hard to get to work.
You pretty much had to forget the client and configure it through NetworkManager.
Their instructions used to be good too, for manually setting it up. And it really worked well. But it's bare-bones for Linux - you'll have to build your own firewall/or kill-switch function if you want one.
I suppose that if you get to the option "Import a saved VPN configuration" somewhere in your efforts, that's the one that will work for you.
I actually got nordVPN working when I was recently exploring Slackware. I think that was how, but can't promise anymore.
 
Old 08-08-2019, 01:08 AM   #5
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Slackware is coming back this weekend so we'll see then
 
Old 08-11-2019, 01:26 PM   #6
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i would suggest using the networkmanager package of linux distros itself because its most practically while you should be aware of the useless requests he make. please be aware that isp are allways snitches checkout for google trackers in the android app etc, dont trust anything which isnt foss so even in that its possible to have "code" leeks to be able to exploit these "bugs" for code executing. so you should use the opensource stuff offered by linux itself. networkmanager is nice because u can check connection on icon tray and get messages about the status, while using openvpn --config filepath you have to take alook in the terminal and my not be able see a break in connection, consider for privacy reasons buying a openwrt vpn router
which blocks all traffic while vpn is disconnected.
 
Old 08-12-2019, 07:20 AM   #7
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Good point g1thub
 
  


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