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I have signed up for a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service, and I configured it for use on my computer that runs Gnome Classic with the following instructions:

In Terminal, install openvpn packages with sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn.
1. Restart the network manager with sudo restart network-manager
2. Run sudo wget
3. Extract the files from the zip with unzip
4. Move cert.crt to /etc/openvpn
5. Open the Network Manager on the menu bar.
6. Choose add and select the OpenVPN connection type, and click Create.
7. Enter Private Internet Access SSL for the Connection Name.
8. Enter for the Gateway
9. Select Password and enter your login credentials.
10. Browse and select the CA Certificate we saved in Step 3.
11. Choose Advanced and enable LZO Compression.
12. Apply and exit.
13. Connect using the Network Manager.

It worked, but now I want to set up access to the same VPN service on another machine that runs Mythbuntu, which uses Xfce as its desktop manager. So every point from 5 on doesn't apply.

How can I modify the above instructions so that I can get my VPN service working with Xfce.

As a further note, while I can access the Xfce desktop directly if I need to, it's more convenient for me to access it via the command line and SSH from on of my other computers. A command line process would be ideal. (I looked for this, and found instructions only for PPTP access, whereas I need OpenVPN.)

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Are you saying Mythbuntu doesn't have the network manager? Most XFCE distros actually use exactly the same Gnome NM as found in Gnome. If it really isn't there, just install it. – mikewhatever Oct 7 '12 at 15:04
@mikewhatever: what is the command I can type in on the command line to run the network manager? – Questioner Oct 7 '12 at 15:44
Don't know what's the command. If installed, it should start at boot. I'd suggest verifying it is by running dpkg -l | grep network-manager. – mikewhatever Oct 7 '12 at 15:48
@mikewhatever: I have a few network-manager results if I run that command. But I guess what I was asking was how do I start the GUI interface (the one used in the instructions in the question) from the command line. – Questioner Oct 7 '12 at 15:55
I don't have Mythbuntu installation to check, but isn't there an icon in the panel or a Network entry in the menus? – mikewhatever Oct 7 '12 at 16:04
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You can start the connection editing UI with the nm-connection-editor command.

That would likely require X forwarding, so ssh with ssh -X user@server.

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