Announcing a New Lead Developer For Sonar

Sonar Linux would like to announce a new lead developer Kyle! He has been doing a lot of work and really has taken Sonar to a new level! Here is a litle about kyle.

Kyle Brouhard is a computer builder and technical support specialist who
works with a wide range of Linux operating systems. It is his belief,
based on personal experiences, that free software is for everyone, and
that Linux-based operating systems are not only designed for use by
server administrators and computer geeks, but that they are designed so
that the world at large can benefit from the freedoms associated with
free and open code, free and open protocols and free and open file formats.

In addition to building computers and promoting and supporting
GNU/Linux, Kyle is the lead developer of the latest sonar versions after
13.10, which are based on Manjaro Linux, an independently developed fork
of Arch Linux.

Sonar now has an irc room

Sonar GNU/linux now has an irc room. It can be found at irc/freenode.net and the channel is #sonarlinux.

If you are new to irc the best way to join the room is by using Pidgin. Pidgin is already installed if you are using Sonar. The first time you open it, Pidgin will want you to create an account. So you will click on Add and then start the process. The first box┬áis to choose the protocol you want to use in Pidgin here is where you will arrow until you see irc. Then tab and the default might already be set to irc.ubuntu.com, you will want to change it to irc/freenode.net. Then you will tab again and choose your username. The next tab is for a password but you don’t need to fill this out. Now press Join. Now you will be connected to the irc.freenode.net server, but from here you will press Control and the letter “C”. Now you will enter the channel which is #sonarlinux

Sonar 13.10 Is Out!

Sonar GNU/linux 13.10 is out! We have some new features in this version of Sonar that we are excited about. We have a new speech server called Speech Hub included in Sonar. Speech Hub replaces Speech-dispatcher and its functionality. Speech-dispatcher is still included with Sonar if you wish to still use it. With Speech Hub you will get faster rates of speed with the voice using Orca and also you will have the ues of Open Mary tts. The open Mary tts voices are better sounding voices than espeak and creating new mary tts voices is much easier than creating ones in espeak. We are also including the chromium browser with accessibility already enabled. So now you just have to clik on chromium and the chromebox plugin is already installed. Sonar 13.10 comes with the gnome-shell as the default desktop and the gnome-shell is getting much better as time goes on. Normally we make a different iso using the gnome-fallback desktop also but on this release we are including the gnome-fallback on the same iso as the gnome-shell release. So if you wish to use gnome-fallback you can just choose it at the login screen and use it from there. We did this because we feel there is no need to creat a whole other iso just to have a different desktop enviroment.

Of course with Sonar it comes with all of the accessibility features you would expect like the magnifacation for low vision users. There is still the font included for people with dyslexia and the onscreen keyboards. This is the best release yet for Sonar and we are looking forward to our released based of of Manjaro Linux.

Sonar 13.10 is out!

Sonar GNU/linux 13.10 is out! We have some new features in this version of Sonar that we are excited about. We have a new speech server called Speech Hub included in Sonar. Speech Hub replaces Speech-dispatcher and its functionality. Speech-dispatcher is still included with Sonar if you wish to still use it. With Speech Hub you will get faster rates of speed with the voice using Orca and also you will have the ues of Open Mary tts. The open Mary tts voices are better sounding voices than espeak and creating new mary tts voices is much easier than creating ones in espeak. We are also including the chromium browser with accessibility already enabled. So now you just have to clik on chromium and the chromebox plugin is already installed. Sonar 13.10 comes with the gnome-shell as the default desktop and the gnome-shell is getting much better as time goes on. Normally we make a different iso using the gnome-fallback desktop also but on this release we are including the gnome-fallback on the same iso as the gnome-shell release. So if you wish to use gnome-fallback you can just choose it at the login screen and use it from there. We did this because we feel there is no need to creat a whole other iso just to have a different desktop enviroment.

Of course with Sonar it comes with all of the accessibility features you would expect like the magnifacation for low vision users. There is still the font included for people with dyslexia and the onscreen keyboards. This is the best release yet for Sonar and we are looking forward to our released based of of Manjaro Linux.

Sonar working with Manjaro Linux

Sonar has been working on a lot of things lately. But right now Sonar will be basing itself off of Manjaro linux. Manjaro is using Arch Linux as it’s base. This is great for Sonar because this means that Sonar will always have the latest in assistive technology because Arch linux ships the newest packages. We have been working with the Maintainer of Manjaro Phil and he has been awesome! He is a great example of why Free software is the best choice for assistive technology. He has been working around the clock to make sure that the installer for Manjaro is accessible for the Orca screen reader. He also has been working with us on his build system for Sonar. There will be more to say very soon but we wil leave that for another post. Also for thoughs of you that are worried about the Ubuntu versions, don’t worry we will still release versions based off of the long term support releases of Ubuntu.