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I just switched to Gnome 3 on a new laptop to try it out. Lots of things are different, but I think I can get used to them. But I'm having a real problem trying to figure out how to get the new network manager to setup a VPN through the GUI.

I have openvpn, NetworkManager and NetworkManager-openvpn installed, but when I click on the network icon in gnome-shell there is nothing about vpn connections in there. When I click the "Network Settings" link in that menu I just see menus for Wired, Wireless and Network Proxy and none of those screens has anything for VPN connections either.

Any suggestions about where I need to look to setup my connections and how to make it easier connect when I need to?

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There's no way to create a VPN connection from the network menu in Gnome Shell 3.2.

But if you open the network manager connection edit directly (nm-connection-editor) then you can add them and they will appear in the gnome-shell network menu to use after that.

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Thank you mpeters. I had the same problem and your solution worked. – user125265 Mar 28 '12 at 15:12 – forcefsck Jul 30 '12 at 14:18

From a terminal on Ubuntu 12.04 using GNOME 3:

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

use + in network setting to add OpenVPN.

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Above the "Wired, Wireless and Network Proxy" options hava a + button, so you can add the VPN connection.

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in my Debian 8/Gnome 3 enviroment I need also: network-manager-openvpn-gnome package, you should have then a "OpenVPN" option (Network settings, add: VPN, OpenVPN)

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