French speech music and so on

Janina Sajka janina at
Mon Sep 5 14:22:48 UTC 2005

Generally speaking, the Linux environment is not accessible in the same
way as Windows for blind musicians. There are tasks that people perform
with applications like Sonar which are not available to us on LInux. On
the other hand, I would argue that there are tasks which can be
performedfar more reliably and with greater accessibility on LInux. So,
much depends on what you want to do. Much also depends on your
proficiency with Linux. In general, I believe Linux music making
requires greater technical proficiency but rewards you with more
reliable performance. At the very least you will need to be very
comfortable with command line interfaces, something which now appears
trange and quixotic to those blind people who have been first introduced
to computing under Windows in the past decade.

Places to start:


It is not easy to learn ecasound, but it is a very powerful application.

You should also look at:
Also look at the applications for music/audio editing at

You should subscribe to the Linux Audio User list:

Good luck.

Jean Philippe writes:
> > Hello to every one,
> I'm French, blind of course, and  dived into the Computerworld about three years ago, and like many others,, I started with a PC with Windows and the ever popular jaws screen reader which I am still using at the moment.
> > I am now interested in knowing more about the alternatives to Windows and especially Linux.  I would like to know what exists under Linux for musicians
> who wish to compose and record their music, and also if any French-speaking solution exists for LINUX.
> > Hope you have answers for me,
> > Thank you and best regards,
> > Jean-Philippe Rykiel

> _______________________________________________
> Blinux-list mailing list
> Blinux-list at


Janina Sajka				Phone: +1.202.494.7040
Partner, Capital Accessibility LLC	http://www.CapitalAccessibility.Com
Bringing the Owasys 22C screenless cell phone to the U.S. and Canada. Go to http://www.ScreenlessPhone.Com to learn more.

Chair, Accessibility Workgroup		Free Standards Group (FSG)
janina at

More information about the Blinux-list mailing list