Linux GUI FAQ/tutorial?

Octavian Râsnita orasnita at
Tue Jan 19 06:41:03 UTC 2010

Aha, so using the Linux GUI when installed directly as a host OS is more 
stable. That's good.

Is it accessible to install Linux with a GUI as a host OS by a blind?



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jude DaShiell" <jdashiel at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2010 11:03 PM
Subject: Re: Linux GUI FAQ/tutorial?

> 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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