VPN services can be configured on just about any operating system, including Linux. We’ve put together a list of the best virtual private network providers for Linux (Ubuntu) users, basing our careful selection on compatibility, privacy, speed and price.
For those new to the concept, Linux is a term used to describe a host of related operating systems used as alternatives to Windows and Macintosh. The original Linux kernel was created in 1991 by Linus Torvalds and has since grown to supporting many layered distributions, the most widely used examples of which are Ubuntu, Arch Linux, Debian, Linux Mint and Fedora. Linux is renowned for being an open-source operating system and a haven for privacy-minded programmers, hence why it’s no surprise that VPNs are in high demand among its users.
Setting up VPN in Linux
VPN connections in Linux require manual configuration and there are a few technical steps you’ll need to take to setup in Linux. All of our recommended services offer detailed configuration guides, like the following video from VPN.AC (our highest ranked service in this category):
This is the step-by-step guide based on the process shown in the video:
- Open terminal and run apt-get install network-manager-openvpn (as root) to install Network Manager
- Open browser and download your VPN provider’s CA (configuration) files and .ovpn (server) files that you want to use
- Click on Network Manager icon, choose VPN Connections, followed by Configure VPN
- In the new window – click VPN tab and import downloaded .ovpn file
- In Settings – give your connection a name, choose Password for Authentication type and input the VPN login given to you by your provider. Then select the ca.crt (CA Certificate) file downloaded earlier. Click Save
- Close the Settings window, click on the Network Manager icon once again, choose the VPN connection that you’ve just created to connect. Done!
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