I am new to Eth. I got the mist wallet, version 0.8.8 I got the geth 1.5.6-stable I am running everything on Linux Mint 18. The CPU is not an issue, RAM is not an issue, Connectivity is not an issue. The number of peers on the Main Network is 25, and on Testnet 10.
The download of the block-chain on the Testnet stalls saying 282 blocks left. The download of the block-chain stalls in the Main Network stalls at 668,493. Every time I restart, the number of blocks that need to be downloaded goes up.
I am aware that people already had this issue, but I am not aware that anyone had the same issue with the Testnet. I have tried downloading using:
geth --cache=1024 --jitvm but I do not see any progress (I am not sure if I am supposed to?) and the number of blocks to download in a wallet does not go down (I am not sure if that is the way it works).
I would like to download the block-chain data (lets say, with geth and be able to see some kind of a progress), and import it into a wallet, but to remain secure without downloading a third-party data. I would also like for the download not to stall.
Any advice? Please explain all steps since I have started using Eth just a few days ago.