By Kendell Clark for the Vinux Project
When you first boot Vinux from a CD or USB drive, you will hear what sounds like a drum roll. If you do not hear speech after a few moments, push Control + S to start Orca. Once Orca starts to speak, you are presented with two choices. Try Vinux, or install Vinux. This is a standard dialogue, you can Tab or Shift + Tab around as usual. If you choose to try Vinux, the window will close and the Unity desktop will load, allowing you to look around, launch aps, or by pressing Enter on the Install Vinux icon on your desktop. If you choose to install Vinux, you will be presented with the language screen. This screen defaults to English, but you can change to a different language by pressing the up and down arrows to cycle through the various languages. Once selecting your language, tab to the Continue button and press Space.
The next screen that appears depends on whether or not you have an active Internet connection. If you have wireless capability and have not been connected to the Internet by an Ethernet connection you now have the choice to connect to a wireless network. If you do not wish to connect to a network, press Down arrow until you hear "I do not wish to connect to a wireless network", and press the Continue button. If you do, tab until you get to a combo box. This is the list of networks the installer has found, allowing you to choose between them. If the network you are connecting to requires a password, Tab to the password field and type in the password. Afterwards, press the Connect button and the installer will attempt to connect to the network.
Next a Continue button appears and the Install Updates screen will appear. This screen contains 2 check boxes. The first of these downloads all updates during the installation. This can be important if there are any security updates or kernel updates that have been released since you downloaded Vinux. The second one controls the downloading of Adobe Flash, media codecs such as mp3, ogg, etc, and any proprietary drivers that may be needed to run your computer, such as wireless cards, video adapters, etc. Vinux recommends that you check both these boxes. Since Vinux is checking for updates and possibly installing updated packages ready for your install this may take several minutes depending on the amount of time since Vinux was released and the speed of your Internet connection.
Once complete, press the continue button. The next screen may take a moment to come up. The installer is examining your computer to determine which operating systems it can find already installed on your hard drive if any exist. The contents of this screen will differ depending on which operating systems you have installed, and whether the installer can correctly detect them all. Regardless, you will be presented with three choices. Erase disk and install. This option does just what it sounds like, erases an entire hard drive and installs Vinux as the only operating system. Install along side. This option attempts to install Vinux alongside your current operating system by shrinking its partition or using free space left on the hard drive to install itself and providing a way to choose which one to boot at Startup. Something else to consider is manual partitioning. This is an advanced option that allows you to manually configure partitions, partition types, etc. This should only be attempted by advanced users, as a mistake here could render your hard disk non bootable and destroy any data you have installed. Do not be alarmed if the installer refers to Ubuntu; as Vinux is based on Ubuntu.
Once you have made your choice, press the continue button. The next screen contains an install now button. Press this and the installer will begin installing Vinux. Next presented is the time zone screen. This allows you to set your current time zone and daylight savings time, if applicable. If you are connected to the Internet this should be automatically detected and configured based on your geographical location. If for some reason it is not, press down and up arrow in the combo box to select your location and time zone. Press the continue button when done.
The next screen contains options to set your keyboard layout. Again this should automatically be set for you if you are connected to the Internet. If it is not set, press the up and down arrow to configure the layout. There is a text field to type in to be sure the layout is correct, and a Continue button.
The next screen is where you set up your user name and password, as well as the computer's name. Type in whatever you wish in the user name field. This is how the computer will refer to you. An example of a user name would be John or Jane. The next field is the computer's name. This is primarily useful for computers on a network, so you can type whichever name you prefer, or accept the default. If you are on a network, make sure to select something that uniquely identifies your computer. Next, your user will be already filled out from your name above so Tab to the password field. It is recommended that you use a strong password which consists of a mix of upper and lower case letters and digits. Press Tab and retype your password to confirm the two values are identical. Next is a radio button that allows you to choose whether the computer requires you to log in, typing your user name and password before logging in, or whether the computer will log you in automatically. What you choose here is up to you, however if you are going to share this computer with others or you are in a corporate environment, you should probably leave it at the default, which is for every user being required to log in. Next is a checkbox to encrypt your home folder. This can be useful if you store sensitive data in your home folder, but it can also have a slight performance delay. This is largely a matter of personal preference. After you are done, hit the Continue button.
The next screen contains a list, which allows you to set a picture or take a photo of yourself using a webcam to put next to your user name when you log in. You can either press Tab and up and down arrow in the list to choose one, or simply accept the default. Press the Continue button when done and the installer will close, except for a progress bar and a button that allows you to view its output in case of errors.
At this point the installation is all automated, so go grab coffee or make lunch. The install typically takes between 10 minutes and 30 minutes depending on the speed of your computer. Once the installation is finished or if any errors are encountered, the installer lets you know. You can now choose between continuing to use Vinux, or to restart the computer. If earlier you chose to install Vinux right away, your only option will be to restart the computer. It is recommended to restart the computer to allow the installation to complete. Press the restart button and the installation window will close. Don't be surprised if you are installing from USB media if the CD tray pops out anyway. This is just to ensure that your instal lmedia is removed as should your USB at this stage to avoid restarting the installer after a reboot. After rebooting, if you have a PC speaker present inside your computer you should hear a beep when the boot Vinux menu appears. If no input is detected this defaults to Vinux and continues to boot with no user interaction required. The next thing you should hear is a drum sound when you are at the login screen. If when you installed Vinux you chose for your user to be automatically logged in the login screen should be skipped and you should hear, "Welcome to Orca". Otherwise you will be sitting in an edit field prompting for your user password for the user setup during install.