I am unable to install purevpn on Ubuntu MATE 16.04 because I cannot find the Network Connection Icon. I have fumbled around with no positive results. My goal is to install Purevpn. I need a very clear set of instructions as I am not really good at this. Please help. Thank you.

The closest thing to the network connection icon is a bar graph icon that lists the wifi and ethernet


Normally it is shown as:

  • nm-applet on mate-panel disconnected Wi-Fi (for disconnected wireless connection);
  • nm-applet on mate-panel connected Wi-Fi (for active wireless connection);
  • nm-appley on mate-panep - connected Ethernet (for active Ethernet connection);

Try to reset appearance of mate-panel with mate-tweak (installable with sudo apt-get install mate-tweak):

  1. Go to Interface section
  2. In Panels under Select a panel layout to change the user interface select Ubuntu MATE
  3. If you have checked Enable indicators in Panel Features you can toggle it.

If it does not show you may try to kill and relaunch it with:

killall nm-applet
nm-applet &

This icon has drop-down menu. You can click on this icon and select Edit Connections... option, it should open Network Connections window.

If can't find this icon you could try to open Network Connections window with
nm-connection-editor command from terminal (accessed with CtrlAltT). And try to add VPN connection here.

For VPN support usually you need to install OpenVPN with:

sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn network-manager-openvpn-gnome
sudo service network-manager restart

You can follow PureVPN guides:

  • Thanks for your help. Could the bar-graph icon be the network connection icon? The icon shows bars relative to strength i think. But the real quest is to get Purevpn installed. Jan 7 '18 at 18:15
  • I think I need update the problem. The icon I see on my screen must serve the same purpose as the icon you show. The instructions from Purevpn say: Do the following: Click on “Network Connection Icon…“ Go to VPN Connections and select “Configure VPN…“ It is grayed out. I think icon I see serves the same purpose as your. Now I need to figure out how to get access to the grayed out "configure VPN" Jan 7 '18 at 18:38
  • I updated my answer. I assumed, that you using modern OpenVPN.
    – N0rbert
    Jan 7 '18 at 20:27

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