AirVPN review on Linux

Eddie feels sluggish and is prone to crashes

Eddie, the AirVPN visual interface, is based on Mono and sometimes feels unresponsive. Eddie is subject to random crashes, although they do not happen very often:

AirVPN - The application Eddie - OpenVPN GUI has closed unexpectedly.
Eddie – OpenVPN GUI crashing on Linux

Even if the AirVPN GUI crashes, active OpenVPN connections will not be interrupted.

“No latency” used to be a good thing

Another common problem with Eddie is the disappearance of the “latency” values from the servers list – for no apparent reason. Active OpenVPN connections will stay alive, but connecting to a different VPN server without latency information makes no sense.

VPN graphical user interface on Linux (here: Linux Mint)
Server latency disappearing in Eddie / OpenVPN (Linux Mint)

After disconnecting and restarting Eddie, the “latency” column will reappear – but restarting Eddie will interrupt the current connection.

AirVPN on Linux pros & cons

AirVPN pros
  • Most complete graphical user interface on Linux (Eddie)
  • Whitelisting and blacklisting of countries and servers
  • Eddie and Hummingbird are open source software released under GPLv3
AirVPN cons
  • Sluggish and crash-prone GUI
  • Outdated UI design, no HiDPI support
  • No WireGuard support

AirVPN has a many options that no other VPN offers on Linux, for example whitelisting / blacklisting entire countries or specific servers, a “Network Lock” (kill switch) based on firewall rules, Tor integration and a home-brew OpenVPN version 3.

AirVPN’s visual interface for Linux (Eddie) offers more options than any other VPN GUI on this platform. Despite being a bit unstable and antiquated, Eddie is probably one of the best options for Linux users in 2021.