Linux GUI FAQ/tutorial?

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Mon Jan 18 21:03:53 UTC 2010

That's probably a side effect of running vmware.  Both operating systems 
grab the sound card and try to do their own things with it and have to be 
straighteneded out.On Sat, 16 Jan 2010, Octavian Rasnita wrote:

> Hi,
> I use Linux everyday, but only in command line mode, with Secure CRT SSH 
> client from Windows because I find the Linux gui very hard accessible.
> In the last period I hear that more and more blind users use Linux with a GUI 
> and I am sure I am missing something, because now Linux might be also better 
> accessible.
> Can you please tell me if this is true?
> Can you tell me if (and which) Linux distributions are stable enough to 
> compare them with Windows?
> I ask about stability because I have tried a Vinux distro in a VMWare virtual 
> machine, but after a few days I couldn't hear anything anymore because I 
> might have done something bad (although I don't know to use the Linux GUI 
> very good, so I haven't done very complicated things.
> ...and I wouldn't like to need reinstalling the VMWare image too often.
> If you used an editor like TextPad or UltraEdit or Edit Plus under Windows... 
> can you tell me if there is a similar editor available under Linux which is 
> so simple to use? (So no strange old things like vi or Emacs).
> I need to run my programs under Linux in production, and if the interface 
> would be really as accessible as the one under Windows, it would be much more 
> easy.
> I don't need very many programs, but just a very good and simple to use 
> editor, mail client, command prompt, file manager, and a browser that can 
> also display the HTTP headers. Nothing more.
> Is there an equivalent or even easier to use for TextPad, Outlook Express, MS 
> DOS prompt, Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer?
> If there is, please tell me if I can find somewhere information about how to 
> use them with a screen reader and a software synthesizer under Linux.
> The first things I would like to do is to set up the internet connection (if 
> it is not configured automaticly when installing the VMWare image), start the 
> command prompt, run cpan and install perl modules and also install some 
> system libs with yum/apt-get.
> Thank you very much for your help.
> Octavian
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