The new beta PIA app is very impressive (Linux)

If you have Private Internet Access VPN I recommend trying the beta app. Not only is it beautiful but it is completely open-source now. Prior to using the beta application I would have to do a couple extra steps on the stable application to work proper in KDE Neon. It wasn’t a big deal it was more cosmetic than anything but still drove me nuts this was the Issue and fix. I hope they continue to use the same look on the new beta app and don’t change it that much it looks perfect the way it is. The little logo of the man to show that you were connected or not connected has changed for the better in my opinion.

 

Here’s something interesting VPN Killswitch has a new feature called Auto from what I’m understanding if you lose connection with your VPN on Auto you will not leak out. If you have the kill switch set to off if you lose your VPN connection it will route back to your normal IP address. Always on setting network will only work if the VPN is on. If the vpn is no on or running you will not get outside traffic at all. A cool new feature if you have lan (local area network) set up in the app you can browse your local network with always on kill switch but then again that is not going out to wan (wide area network) so your good to go.

If you are running the stable version of the VPN app v82 and would like to try the beta here’s the instructions to remove the stable version and install the beta. Thank you PIAThomas on Reddit for the instructions.

Uninstall v82 before installing the beta. Open up a terminal and you’re going to remove some files with the some commands. First off turn off the private internet application by right-clicking the icon and hitting the quit button. It is best to just copy and paste the commands below

  1. rm -rf ~/.config/PrivateInternetAccess
  2. rm ~/.local/share/applications/pia_manager.desktop
  3. sudo rm -rf /opt/pia
  4. rm -rf ~/.pia_manager/

If all works its time to install the new beta https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/installer/download_installer_linux_beta The instructions are fairly straightforward.

 

 

KDE neon

Made the jump to KDE Neon User Edition. I’m wanting to say 4 months ago. Had no issues installing everything works out of the box. What I really liked about it was there was nothing really installed as in programs. You get Firefox for the web Okular as your document viewer, VLC For your media player and Gwenview To view images, and Of course Dolphin as your file manager and your Software Center is Discover. That’s pretty much it the rest is up to you to install which I think is great.

Canonical Livepatch service free for users

A while ago I remember some release notes for I believe 4.0 Linux kernel. That they have implemented a cool feature called live kernel patching, This allows you to apply kernel patches without rebooting. Great for big production servers where is crucial to run all the time, cool for the regular user knowing that they are getting the same treatment as a multi-million dollar company is getting. Canonical is allowing up to three personal computers for live kernel patching, after that they do charge but it is not a lot of money considering how much red hat charges for their similar service. It’s super easy to setup it’s a snap package. You can find all the instructions here Canonical Livepatch Service and more stuff here Live kernel patching from Canonical. Once the service has been installed you can see the status by putting in the following. Open your terminal (Ctrl-Alt-T) and put this in # canonical-livepatch status –verbose

I believe it’s only available for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and up.