A Note on Caution
In a perfect world, you’d carefully verify the software you’re installing. However, since this machine won’t store private key material* (and multiple signatures will be required to move funds) it may be acceptable for you to install software that seems correct without properly verifying it using the command-line.
*While we recommend that no private key material ever touch this machine, that setup is slightly more involved and thus you may choose to generate 1 seed on this machine (and then wipe it after). Remember that this alone is not sufficient to steal/lockup funds, so it may present an acceptable tradeoff for smaller HODLers. For more details, see Paper Wallet Setup steps.
You’ll want to download and install the latest Long-Term Support (LTS) version of Ubuntu Desktop (currently
Put the installer on a USB stick or burn it onto a DVD.
Both options are good, though we find DVDs are slightly preferable as they are slightly more secure and don’t take up a USB port.
See these step-by-step instructions.
Comfortable with the concepts in this step?
Read the advanced considerations that can potentially improve your security here.
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