I am very new to linux. I want to install Private Internet Access VPN app. they have a nice Linux app which works well on Linux Mint. I have now installed Elementary and it's great. But I can't get PIA VPN to install with an APP. Instead I followed the CLI instructions and I now have OpenVPN working, but it's nowhere near as good as the app. I have to enter my password constantly, it doesn't seem to have any kill switch (critical for me), it doesn't replace my default DNS with PIA's DNS, and I can't find an auto connect at startup option. I NEVER want to use my native ISP connection so I want VPN always on. I downloaded the PIA run file from here https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/installer/x/download_installer_linux but Elementary can't run the program (.run). Any tips on how to make this install please?
The file you downloaded is a script. After downloading it, you must mark it as executable and then run it in Terminal.
Right-click on the .run file, and go to Properties. Here, go to the Permissions tab and click on the first Execute button and then Close.
Open a Terminal window and then drag-and-drop the .run file inside, and press Enter. Type your password when prompted.
Enjoy PIA VPN!
Wow, what a great answer thank you! Will this show it in AppCenter afterwards or will I need to run it from Terminal every time? I have installed it. It shows on dock but it behaves funny. PIA on Mac/Win/Mint will have an icon in notification/clock/statusbar type areas, showing green or red depending on whether it's connected or not. I can't seem to make that happen in Elementary. I have adjusted all options in PIA (show in system tray is the one usually) but it still doesn't show. I can manage with it as i use the kill switch so I will know if the VPN drops as I won't be able to visit any websites, but I just mention it in case you know of a way to make it show on top right area. Thanks again, great help