Once you have downloaded Sonar GNU/Linux and burned it onto a DVD or USB drive. You will then boot off of it, wait until it comes to the live session, and you hear the Orca screen reader.
If you are running the Sonar Gnome-shell version you will press the Super key also known as the Windows key. This will bring up the Gnome-shell. Now you wil type in the word “install”. This will bring up the installer for Sonar. If you are running Regular Sonar or the LXDE version you will press Alt+F1 to bring you to the menu.
If you are running the LXDE version you will press the Up arrow key to administration. Then Right arrow and Down arrow until you see “install Sonar”. Press Enter and your off!
Now if you are running regular Sonar once you are in the menu press the Up arrow to System Tools. Then Right arrow to Administration, and Right arrow again then Down until you see “install Sonar”. Press Enter and your off!
Now the installer has started, and the first screen you see will be to choose your language. The default version of Sonar supports English, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, French, German and Italian. The Sonar international versions support up to 80 other languages. Once you have chosen your language you will press Continue.
On the next screen it will suggest to make sure if you are installing on a laptop to make sure that it is plugged-in and connected to the internet. Here it will also mention that Sonar uses third party software like flash, MP3 and other proprietary codecs. You can check a box here to install them during the installation process. We suggest you don’t install any proprietary software on Sonar GNU/Linux. But you do have the choice. Then you will Tab to continue and press Enter.
On this next screen if you are installing on a laptop you will have the choice to connect to your wireless network. You will arrow to have it connect to your network, and then you will press the Tab key to choose the network you want to connect to. Once you see the network you want to connect to, press the Spacebar. Now you are connected to your network. Press Tab to continue and then press Enter.
Now you are at the screen to partition and format your hard drive. You will have three choices here , that you can arrow through. The first choice is to format the entire hard drive and install Sonar. The second choice is if you already have another operating system installed on your computer, it will install Sonar along side it. if you choose this option it will automatically re-size your hard drive to fit Sonar on it. We strongly suggest you backup before doing this type of installation. Things can go wrong while setting up a dual boot. The third option is to manually partition your hard drive. This is only for those that have experience with partitioning. If you don’t have any experience we suggest you don’t choose this option.
After you have chosen one of these options you will then press Tab to choose whether or not you want to encrypt the installation, if so press the Spacebar. Then press Tab and the next option is to use LVM. Most users don’t need this option so you can go past this step and then Tab to install.
The next screen is to choose your location in the world. It will auto detect your location so you should be all set here. If not you can Tab to the text-box and start to type in your location and it will find it. Then press Tab to continue.
Now you are at the keyboard layout. This should also detect your keyboard automatically. If not you can tab to the text-box and start to type and it will auto detect your keyboard layout. Then press Tab to continue.
Here is where you will set your user name and password. The first field is for entering your full name. You don’t have to really enter your full name here. Then Tab and it will ask you what you want your computer name to be. By default it uses what you put for your name. You can either leave this or change it. Then Tab again, and the next choice is to choose a user name for log in. Again by default it uses the full name you put at the top. So you can either change this or leave it the way it is. Now Tab and choose your password. You will enter yor password and then Tab and enter it again. Then Tab and it will ask you if you want it to require your password to log in. Here you can arrow to have it not require your password and it will automatically log in at boot. Then you press Tab and it will ask you if you want to encrypt your home directory, if so press the Spacebar to check the box. Then press Tab to install.