Getting started with Linux

krishnakant Mane krmane at
Sat Oct 25 15:57:22 UTC 2008

yes audacity is not accessible and might be  a couple of appss.  But
for me accounting is a big requirement and tally with jaws is not
accessible.  Further more internet explorere accessibility is complete
rubbish and with forms mode and all that veardness firefox with jaws
or window-eyes is no good as well.
so May be your bes bet is to keep it dual booted and use windows for
only those things which don't have an equal alternative, that's if we
really want to be free.
happy hacking.

On 25/10/2008, Tony Baechler <tony at> wrote:
> Thank you!
> I don't like overquoting, but I'm leaving the below quotes because
> that's exactly what I'm trying to say.  I am also not a slave to my OS.
> That's why I'm running Windows 98, XP, Linux and attempting to install
> NetBSD in a virtual machine.  I've also used Mac OS.  However, until I
> find something as accessible and responsive as Sound Forge and until I
> find a way to not be stuck with software speech, I am afraid I can't
> switch to Gnome and Orca for any serious work.  Again, perhaps it's my
> mindset as you say or perhaps I've been around Windows too long, but I'm
> comforted by the fact that I can generally count on at least a general
> level of accessibility in most Windows apps with Window-Eyes and XP.
> True, some things just don't work at all, but in 90% of cases, I can use
> my mouse pointer to get most things done and one (not me) can develop
> sets or scripts to make up for what doesn't work out of the box.  Again,
> until Orca provides similar functionality and I have good access to
> professional audio software, I'm afraid that at least one machine here
> will have to run Windows.  I have no particular like for Sound Forge,
> but I have yet to find anything else that works well for my needs and
> does what I want an audio editor to do.
> On a different but related subject, are there any MIDI sequencing
> packages that work with Orca and are accessible?  I'm not a musician,
> but I do like being able to change instruments in MIDI files.  I like
> Timidity and recommend it, but it is primarily a player and is a little
> limited for what I'm wanting to find.  Again, if there's something like
> Cakewalk or Sonar for Gnome, I would like to switch to it.  I'm not
> aware of anything though.  I've looked at a couple command line programs
> but I found them difficult and couldn't get them to actually do
> anything.  I found an app for KDE which the same sighted person says
> works well, but I don't think KDE has any degree of accessibility, at
> least I've not read about it.  There is an accessibility package though,
> but since I've never seen it commented on here, I'll assume it doesn't
> work very well.
> Stephen Clower wrote:
>> krishnakant Mane wrote:
>>> I use only ubuntu for my daily work and I am a busy IT consultent so I
>>> can't sacrify work at the cost of non functional free software.
>>> So the point is that since ubuntu 8.04 in particular I find no reason
>>> i should tell people to still use windows.  I find no reason why
>>> people should not migrate to the world of technology freedom with
>>> linux.
>> While a commendable goal, the graphical Linux desktop still has a ways
>> to go before I am comfortable enough to switch to it on a full-time
>> basis. Radical software mind-sets aside, I have found Window-Eyes on
>> top of a nicely tuned XP system to be considerably more responsive
>> than Gnome and Orca. I'll admit that sound card/speech synthesizer
>> preferences would likely need adjusting, but the basic computer user
>> should not have to tweak these settings just to have responsive speech.
>> Additionally, we have access to the more common tools, E.G. web
>> browser, word processor, E-mail, and so on with both platforms;
>> although I have yet to find a commercial-grade multitracking editor
>> that supports ASIO, VST effects, and is accessible inside GNOME. Until
>> this last fact changes, switching to Gnome full-time would limit me a
>> great deal in terms of how I want to use my computer for both work and
>> leisure.
>> I am not a slave to my operating system or assistive tech, and neither
>> will I deny the obvious fact that Linux accessibility is superior in
>> many respects to that of Windows. Gnome and orca have really come a
>> long way over the past few years, and I sincerely hope work will
>> continue to improve application accessibility where possible. For now,
>> I love the philosophy behind GNU/Linux, but the presently accessible
>> applications (or lack thereof) in the graphical environment leave me
>> no choice but to stick with Windows for most of my work. I am very
>> glad that we have compelling choices on all major platforms, and
>> competition between them all can only benefit everybody involved.
>> Perhaps one day in the not so distant future, even I may have what I
>> need to switch to Linux permanently; with open-source software,
>> anything is possible.
>> Regards,
>> Steve
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