Connecting directly to PenguinVPN in Ubuntu 19.04, 19.10, 20.04, 20.10, 21.04, & 21.10

A video demonstration on how to connect to PenguinVPN in Ubuntu 18.04 is available below. The steps are identical for Ubuntu 19.04, 19.10, 20.04, 20.10, 21.04, 21.10 other than the wrench for the control center is now a cogwheel and possibly the down arrow becoming a single button shown as network/sound/battery icon. For anyone interested in watching a video rather than parsing the directions below:

The "printed" directions are as follows and have been tested to work on Ubuntu 19.04, 19.10, 20.04, 20.10, 21.04, & 21.10 as follows:

Note: Steps 1-6 may not be required depending on if you've install the full version of at least newer releases of Ubuntu (20.04+ possibly older releases as well).

1. Under Activities in the top left search for and open Software & Updates
2. Under the Ubuntu Software tab check the box that says Community maintained free and open source software (universe)
3. Click Close and when prompted click the Reload button to refresh the repository/information about the software
4. When that is done click on Activities in the top left, Search for Terminal and open it
5. Run command (hit enter after typing this line into the terminal):

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

6. You will be prompted to confirm the install the selected software above:

Do you want to continue? [Y/n]

Enter Y on your keyboard to continue the installation

7. Open Firefox, download and save to your home folder

8. Open your file manager and extract the contents of the tar.gz file downloaded
9. Click on the down arrow in the top right corner (of the screen), or for Ubuntu 21.10+ the network/sound/battery icon acts as one big button
10. Then select the cogwheel icon / settings to access the settings control center
11. Under Network click the + icon next to VPN
12. Select Import from file... and find the ovpn file in the directory previously extracted
13. Click Open
14. Select password under the Type drop down menu and enter your user name and password for the VPN
15. Click Add
16. In the top right corner click the down arrow / network / sound / battery icon (acts as big button in 21.10+) or network applet icon and the on/off button to turn on the VPN

If everything worked then you should see some other city/state/country when you check out what your IP address is. To do that visit a site like