Linux without sighted help

Rynhardt P Kruger rkruger at
Fri Feb 1 14:58:06 UTC 2008


A good screenreader for handling these unix like command line programs like ssh or telnet is the open source NVDA. It 
connects directly to the running console and gives you the fealing of a command line screen reader. It even reads blank 
lines, something jaws doesn't do. It also has a keypad reading layout like speakup and orca.

Take care,


* Tony Baechler <tony at> [080201 15:30]:
> Hi,
> Yes, you are correct in a general way, but there are many programs that 
> absolutely won't compile under Cygwin.  C-Kermit comes to mind and there is 
> no good reason why it shouldn't work.  Other programs will compile but are 
> useless because Cygwin doesn't support tty/pty pairs.  You don't "run" a 
> Linux kernel but you use it to boot the OS.  Also, brltty runs under DOS, 
> so saying that it runs under Cygwin isn't saying much.  If any brave people 
> want to try compiling Kermit under Cygwin, that would be much appreciated 
> but I've read threads from various mailing lists saying that it won't work. 
>  It compiled perfectly under Debian Sarge.  Yes, the experience with speech 
> leaves much to be desired because Windows screen readers don't do console 
> apps very well.  I must add here that I use ssh under Cygwin on an almost 
> daily basis with no trouble at all.  One last word on Kermit.  It claims to 
> compile on any *nix OS imaginable yet Cygwin just won't work.  There are 
> instructions for any BSD and old Linux versions, and even DOS and Apple II 
> versions.
> Lee Maschmeyer wrote:
>> As I said, I use Cygwin for light tasks. And modern Cygwin will run a 
>> rather impressive bunch of *nix programs. If there's a difference between 
>> an emulator and a simulator that may be important to dictionary writers, 
>> but the main thing here is that you can switch between Unix and Windows 
>> stuff without having to reboot. If you use brltty the experience is much 
>> closer to Linux than if you use speech.
>> I'm curious as to how one runs a kernel under Linux.
>> There are things that Cygwin won't do but there are an awful lot of them 
>> that it will. How it compares with a virtual machine I have no idea.
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