While doing my best to follow this bitcoin cold storage guide I had the following trial run:
NOTE: this is NOT a secure approach. This is a test run to see if I can even get it to work!
- I burned this 64-bit Ubuntu live CD (v12.04 "precise") (Used Burn app on a Mac to burn ISO)
- You may need the 32-bit version!
- The CD wouldn’t boot on my Mac :-(
- Booted on my Dell [NOTE: takes ages to boot. Maybe I will consider a boot from USB at later date]
- To quickly say what DIDN'T WORK: This guide unfortunately DID NOT work for me :-( but hey, I'm a bit of a Linux numskull.
Here's being a bit more specific
- Adding the PPA ppa:bitocin/bitcoin to sources in Ubuntu Software Center, changing the Ubuntu version to maverick, then search bitcoin: no results. no prompt to update.
- Doing the whole apt thing with terminal also didn’t work (e.g. apt-update, apt-get etc.)
- Now this is what worked...
- From the same site that had the PPA (that didn't work for me) I download a plain old DEB file, which I got from here.
- I clicked open the package details for the one called "bitcoin - 0.8.5-precise1" because this is the bitcoin GUI application (bitcoin-qt) that matches the Ubuntu version of the liveCD that I used above.
- If unsure what Ubuntu you have, check your version in System Settings --> Details (from inside Ubuntu)
- Then I download this DEB: “bitcoin-qt_0.8.5-precise1_amd64.deb (2.3 MiB)”
Note: This is the 64-bit version. You may need the 32-bit version.
- Right-click the DEB and choose to open in Ubuntu Software Center.
- If (like me) it gives you an error that it's missing something (a dependency: libdb4.8++) then you need to first search Ubuntu Software Center for libdb4.8 (runtime) and install it. Then right-click the bitcoin DEB again and choose to open in Ubuntu Software Center. This time it should let you install it.
- I turned off Wifi, not for security, but to stop the Bitcoin blockchain from downloading.
- Then started Bitcoin
- I encrypted the wallet.
- I copied bitcoin address.
- Then I closed bitcoin and found the bitcoin wallet, wallet.dat at location ~/.bitcoin/ (with help from here)
- I then created a text file, address.txt file inside the .bitcoin directory and pasted my bitcoin address in it (the address I copied above)
- Then I zipped the wallet.dat and address.txt and distributed it as suggested in the original tutorial from the Bitcoin wiki that I linked at the top of this post.