I'm attempting to install VPN on my Kali Linux Gnome 3 laptop. I've followed the instructions on this page https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/forum/discussion/18003/openvpn-step-by-step-setups-for-various-debian-based-linux-oss-with-videos-ubuntu-mint-debian

There is no network manager applet in my panel and whenever I try to start it in a shell with 'sudo nm-applet' I get:

(nm-applet:2858): libnotify-WARNING **: Failed to connect to proxy

(nm-applet:2858): nm-applet-WARNING **: Failed to show notification: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown: The name org.freedesktop.Notifications was not provided by any .service files

My network-manager service is running btw. I look at the connection editor (nm-connection-editor) and the VPN is there but I cannot connect without the applet. I've looked at various solutions but none seem to work. If anyone can help I'd really appreciate it.

  • nm-applet wants to connect to the current user's dbus session. It is not supposed to be run as root.
    – Hermann
    Commented Feb 4, 2020 at 11:55
  • That link no longer exists, but from the title it sounds like a general debian-based-distro instruction set. Kali is heavily modified -- and it is not recommended for general desktop use so if you're at all new to linux please consider using something else as your desktop distribution while you learn the ropes. Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 6:01

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here is the good way to install PIA on Kali 2.0 : https://fra.privateinternetaccess.com/pages/client-support/ubuntu-openvpn

  • 1) SE frowns on URL-only answers, because link rot is a thing. 2) That particular page only explains how to run a shell command specifically for PIA, which is not what the poster asked for. Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 6:00

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