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Guide to building a burner laptop and TAILS OS
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Guide to building a burner laptop and TAILS OS
Recently within 1 year, our community has been subject to infilitration from outsiders of our community. WIth Roosh writing blog posts on using VPNs and communication tools, a thread on email burners and storm posting a thread on anonymity, its clear we need to keep all of traces as clean as possible. While it is nearly impossible to clear all your tracks online, it is possible to keep your hardware clean of any connection with Roosh's website and have plenty of tools to help keep your privacy safer. This post will be divided into two parts, how to build a burner laptop and TAILS OS. I will cover the burner laptop first.

Building a Burner Laptop

The importance of building a burner laptop is important as to create a clear divide in traces between your personal life and and RVF identity. Co-Mingling the two can have comprimises. If you shop using your web browser while using RVF, companies and other internet sites can track down your identity. Using a different computer all together create more distance between the two.

However, laptops aren't cheap hardware. A new one will cost you $250+. You could get a chromebook for $150+ but those are spyware made by google. Also purchasing a device for $250+ to chat with a few guys online is an overpriced entry in my opinion and why pay that type of money for that service? Not everyone has $250+ to spend right away and might need to go lower tier. To get a cheaper priced laptop, you'll likely need to look at a laptop that has been refurbished or is brand new. Hence why this section of the post has been created.

When shopping for a Burner Laptop you should look for a minimum set of specs.
  1. A CPU with 1 GHz or more
  2. 2 Gigabytes of ram or more
  3. 20GB of hard drive space or more
  4. A working CD/DVD burner (Or you could buy an external one)
  5. Two Working USB ports
If you don't care about any additional details and just want to buy a laptop ready to go, you can find a refurbished laptop on ebay between $100 to $150 with the specs I just mentioned. After you get that laptop, look at my TAILS OS information to complete your burner laptop.

If you are looking for a device that is cheaper than $100, this guide should help when buying a laptop.
There is a striking difference between a laptop and a desktop. The main difference for this case is the ability to customize . When building a laptop, there are only four areas that are customizable to any degree.
  1. CPU (Extremely restrictive)
  2. RAM(Somewhat restrictive)
  3. Harddrive (Very little restrictions)
  4. Operating Systems(Nearly zero restrictions)

To keep your shopping experience simple, just make sure the laptop has a CPU and skip this paragraph. Most laptops will already have this anyways. This isn't important since we are looking to create a device for web browsing and a communicating. You do not need a powerful laptop for what you are doing. If you want to learn more, keep reading. The restrictions on a CPU come down to one problem, chipsets. On the motherboard of every computer, there is a socket to insert the CPU. These CPUs and sockets have specific chipset patterns to restrict what kinds of CPUs can be inserted into a laptop. The main reason for this is because laptops need more restrictions for voltage mangement and heating regulation. By fixing the chipset with a family of CPUs, you can restrict any problems mentioned previously. That doesn't mean it isn't upgradable. As long as the CPU is part of the same chipset family, it should be a upgradable. But you are bumping up the price of the device a little bit and will need to buy thermal paste for this kind of project. It is also a bit of a waste of time requiring 2 hours of your time if you never took apart a laptop before. You'll also more likely damage the frame while trying to disassemble the computer if you have never done it before.

You probably won't have to worry about about it as most used laptops have their ram sticks already installed. If for some reason you need a new ram stick, continue reading this paragraph. If you are thinking about going over 4 GB of RAM, forget about it. TAILS OS isn't likely going to need that amount of RAM. There are only two restrictions on RAM you need to know, what is the maximum amount of memory a computer can handle and what the pin layout is. The former isn't a huge concern due to the nature of the device we are building. However, the pin layout is important. Any computer built within the last 15 years is using DDR SDRAM in the with four generations of development progressively known as DDR SDRAM, DDR2 SDRAM, DDR3 SDRAM and DDR4 SDRAM. You're not likely to see DDR SDRAM on the market because it is so old and you'll likely only be able to obtain DDR4 SDRAM brand new to the PC market. I'm not even sure if they have DDR4 SDRAM available for a laptop. Most likely you'll find a Laptop that is using DDR3 SDRAM. Although there are still some DDR2 SDRAM based laptops on sale. Avoid these because the DDR2 SDRAM based computers because the sticks are more expensive.

Hard Drive
This might be worth mentioning as some used laptops have the harddrive removed. The good news is hard drives for last 16 years having been using a standard known as SATA. The advantage to a SATA drive is their backwards and forwards compatability when different revisions of the SATA drive came out. However, it should be noted they are in three different categories known as SATA I, II and III. SATA I the slowest data transfer rate, and SATA III transfer rate. Because of the intention to use the Burner Laptop for TAILS OS, transfer rate won't matter as TAILS OS cannot be installed onto a hard drive. It will only be useful for a faster boot. I haven't tried yet but it might be possible to use TAILS OS without a hard drive installed. I'll try it out later to report it back to you guys on my tests.

However, there are things to know if you buy a laptop without hard drive. There are two important components that might be missing, the harddrive caddy and the harddrive sata cable. These are parts that are propriety to the computer and you will need to them to use the hard drive. Shop the price of the parts before you spend money on your laptop.


TAILS OS is an ancronymn for The Amnesic Incognito Live System Operating System. It is an Operating System optimized for anonymity with various tools installed. One of its huge advantages is a live system system design. It cannot be installed on a hard drive. It can only be booted up from a DVD or an external flash drive. It is designed so no one can access the hard drive. There will be no hardware traces. However, from what I can tell so far, it is a bit tricky to configure. Even having some knowledge of installing linux Operating Systems onto live CDs/DVDs and flash drives, I am still having some trouble booting TAILS when I turn on my computer. However, I am still able to use it. In fact this entire post was written while using TAILS. If someone can contribute extra to this thread on instructions, much would be appreciated. I'll discuss how to duplicate a configuration I am using.

Step 1: Prep your computer
The biggest problem occuring with Linux based operating systems is setting them up with UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). In fact I tried booting TAILS from a UEFI configuration and failed to boot it up. If you bought a computer that has been manufactured prior to 2012, your computer probably doesn't have this feature. However, nearly all computers manufactured after 2012 has this feature. What we will need to do is gain access to the BIOS. You are going to need to act fast in the process of doing all this. This can be triggered by either pressing 'esc' key, 'f12' key or the 'delete' key. Here is a list of keys to press based on manufacturer.

Manufacturer Key
Acer Esc, F12, F9
Asus Esc, F8
Dell F12
Fujitsu F12, Esc
HP Esc, F9
Lenovo F12, Novo, F8, F10
Samsung Esc, F12, F2
Sony F11, Esc, F10
Toshiba F12
others… F12, Esc

You should look for boot options menu. It should allow you to do a few things. If you have a way to delay the bootup process with a hotkey delay, I recommend you turn it on and have a 5 second key delay. It is so you do not have to worry about rushing to get to the BIOS menu when you power on your computer.

Your first goal is to setup your computer in a legacy mode(traditional BIOS boot). If there is no mentioning of the UEFI, your computer by default uses legacy mode. As it stands, I have yet to be able to use TAILS OS under a UEFI conguration.

The second goal is to rearrange the boot order which your devices your computer boots from. The BIOS is generally designed to boot first from the hard drive or boot mananger. Arrange the order so it first boots from a USB Diskette or the internal CD/DVD drive.

Step 2: Download all the necessary OSes and install them
There are a few ways to install TAILS OS. One method is to create a live DVD. The second method is to create live USB boot loader. I would recommend using both, and I would recommend you get a USB version of TAILS OS . As it stands, I have failed to load a version of TAILS onto a USB drive. I will update this thread as I figure something else out.

As it stands, TAILS OS demands the use of a different OS on the harddrive. I would recommend using Ubuntu due to the accessibility for beginners and its popularity.
You can download Ubuntu from www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop. If you have a computer with 2GB of RAM or more, use the 64bit versions. If you have less than 2GB of RAM, use the 32bit versions. As of writing this thread, the two most up to date versions of the Operating System are Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS(Long Term Support) and Ubuntu 15.10. Download both versions which will come in a file format known as iso. iso formats are a type image format that makes data ready to be burned to a CD or DVD. If you need to look up more information on how to burn iso image, here is a link on how to use Brasero for iso burning. When you buy DVDs be sure they are decent quality DVDs. It will reduce the likely hood of the iso burn failing. Also try to burn the image in the slowest speed rate as possible.

Install first Ubuntu 14.04.4LTS. When installing it overwrite the entire partition written on the harddrive. The Ubuntu Installer will take care of all the partitioning. Just follow the instructions shown and you will have Ubuntu installed onto your system shortly. After that, you will you are going to take Ubuntu 15.10 and arrange it to be dual booted with Ubuntu. When creating two partitions, just be sure have them split 50/50 with each partition getting at least 10GB of space.

Your boot loader should look something like this. Notice the different types of OSes available to be selected.
[Image: 650x300xboot-iso-files-directly-from-har...uvG5_n.png]
Your arrangement should have two versions of ubuntu. One will be labeled just as "Ubuntu" and the other will be labeled as either "ubuntu 14.04.4(LTS)" or "Ubuntu 15.10". If it is a little different, that is fine.

Next you need an .iso file of TAILS OS. You can download a copy of the .iso file at https://tails.boum.org/download/index.en.html

Just as you burned a copy of Ubuntu onto a DVD, you are going to do the same with TAILS OS.

Step 3: Accessing TAILS OS

If you see a menu like the one below, tails is not automatically booting.
[Image: 650x300xboot-iso-files-directly-from-har...uvG5_n.png]
There are a few additional steps to make sure it is booting. When you see the image above, press the escape key. You will see something on the screen that should displays "grub>". Type in exit. You'll see a new screen where you should be able to boot from the dvd drive. Press enter on that option. You should than see a screen that looks like the one below.

[Image: Tails-0.17.2-boot.png]

Congratulations. You have a working version of TAILS OS.

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