[tor-talk] Running tails headless ... virtualbox ...

intrigeri intrigeri at boum.org
Sun Dec 4 19:54:52 UTC 2011


First, please take Tails -specific questions to the places where the
Tails community lives -> https://tails.boum.org/ has pointers to
there. If you tried finding that place(s) and failed, I'm curious
where you looked, etc., so that we can fix it.

John Case wrote (04 Dec 2011 07:28:46 GMT) :
> So if I boot the tails ISO in virtualbox ... can I then ssh to the
> tails system and use Tor from there ?

Tails does not ship any SSH server.

You can install the openssh-server package in it and open the port in
the firewall if you wish. This being said, as soon as you tweak the
system like so, you're reaching the "unsupported" area and you're more
or less on your own.

> Perhaps I need to dump the ISO filesystem, make some changes (like
> enable sshd, etc.) and then re-make the ISO ?
> Any pointers or comments ?

I strongly advise against any solution of the "remaster" kind; this
kind of fork is a pain to maintain on the long run. The way we manage
Tails source and builds makes forking at the source level way much
more desirable. This should get you started:


Anyway: once we get enough persistence support [0], adding extra
packages (that are re-installed at boot time) will be possible.

Who knows, maybe you'll contribute back your changes in a way that is
generic enough to be merged upstream and maintained by us? Hint, hint.

  [0] https://tails.boum.org/todo/persistence/

> Tails is really fantastic - the ability to go from zero-to-ToR in
> a few mmoents inside of vmware or virtualbox, etc., is fantastic,
> but not all systems have KVM...

Thank you. FYI, in case it's what you mean by "KVM", you do not need
hardware virtualization support to run Tails inside VirtualBox.

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