Most suitable linux distro for a blind linux newbie?

Willem van der Walt wvdwalt at
Mon Aug 8 13:54:59 UTC 2005

Fedora is most likely the easyest if you install everything.
If your space and power are limited, use debian or Slacware.
At the end of the day, one cat get all of them to work well.

On Sun, 7 Aug 2005, Larissa Naber wrote:

> Hi!
> My friend Yasemin, who is blind, wants to give Linux a spin. Now I'm looking 
> for a suiteable distro. Although I have plenty of Linux experience my 
> knowledge concerning making linux work for ablind person is somewhat limited. 
> As of now, I spectaculariy failed to make my emacspeak speak. Most of my own 
> maschines are running either gentoo or slackware and I used Suse in the past.
> I believe that a distro with a bsd like port system such as debian or gentoo 
> is easiest to handle for a newbie. As gentoo tends to be a bit volatile, I 
> probably would rather pick a debian stable release. Anybody out there using 
> debian?
> We allready tried a Suse (which refused to recognize the braille terminal, a 
> baum vario 40) and a oralux (which just would not talk on her machine - I 
> guess I'll have to put in a different sound card, probably some windows only 
> onboard chip)
> It is not necessary that she'll be able to install the maschine all by herlf 
> (at least not yet).
> Please let me know what you are using, and why you are using it.
> Greetings
> Larissa
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