Help with vpn-files and connect to vpn service


I would like some help to connect to my vpn service. I tried my very best but I just can’t get my head around how it works. I just installed tumbleweed and I’m fairly new to linux.

I got 3 files from my vpn provider: ovpn-ca.crt, ovpn-se.ovpn and ovpn-tls.key. I’ve been looking in all the settings I can find but I do not know what to do. All guides on the web are super advanced for me, and I do not even know if the guide I found is for me…

Thanks in advance.

The threes files you mention are associated with OpenVPN connectivity. Are you using Network Manager or wicked to control your network environment? The former is often used when changing networks frequently (especially with laptops and wireless connections), while the latter is typically used with desktops/servers that are in static network environments. NetworkManager has a user-controlled graphical user interface available from the desktop, while wicked is configured using YaST. If you’re not sure, run the following and report back with the output

ps -A|egrep 'Network|wicked'

NM does make the process of configuring and connecting easier for new/non-technical users IMO, but someone should be able to guide you regardless of the network management system you’re currently using.

Thank you for your reply! I managed to get it to work. Guides on the net are not very beginner friendly. At first I was unable to find and start network manager. It’s hard to understand what network manager is when it doesn’t say network manager anywhere. Instead of the guides telling me to use commands in the terminal, a simple “right click network icon in system tray” would have sufficed. :slight_smile: Anyway, it’s working now.

Good to read of your success with this. There is a steep learning curve involved for new Linux users but it is worth the effort! I think new users are better off running openSUSE Leap rather than openSUSE Tumbleweed. As a ‘bleeding edge’ rolling-release the latter does carry additional risks with frequent updating that new users are often not prepared for. Unfortunately, it seems common that new users often overlook the documentation that is around. Although labelled for the current Leap release, much of it applies to Tumbleweed as well…

There is a chapter in the openSUSE Reference Guide about basic networking. In that chapter is a section on Network Manager and also information about wicked. I must admit that I wish a page or two was devoted to this in the beginners guide I linked to as well.

Maybe I should have done more research on tumbleweed before installing. But now when things are working I’m really happy with it so far. The learning curve is sometimes steep as a wall. I can relate to ignoring the documentation, it goes right over my head sometimes. New users may have more use of pictures and simple how-to’s to get started.

Thank you for the links. I shall read them and learn :slight_smile:

Glad to have been of help. BTW, the Multimedia-Guide-for-openSUSE-Tumbleweed may also be of interest to you. :slight_smile: