Linux GUI FAQ/tutorial?

trev.saunders at trev.saunders at
Thu Jan 21 11:13:48 UTC 2010

> Hi Dan,
> > Use speakup if you will be using the command line heavily -- I believe
> > it comes with vinux, but if not you'll have to install the modules
> > yourself. (I don't use vinux.)
> Do you know if Speakup works with a software synthesizer?

yes, it works very well with espeak, and can support other software synths through speech-dispatcher.

> > - install MySQL, Apache2, Perl, and use cpan for compiling and
> > installing some perl modules;
> > Apt can install most if not all of these.
> I can compile them, no problem, but I would like to be able to read the 
> console for seeing at least the last screen displayed, for viewing errors... 
> but I guess Speakup can do this.

unless you have a very good reason use the packagemanager.  The packagemanager will deal with the dependencies for you, and will generally make your life a lot easier.  If you really want to control compile options and compile from source you might want to look into gentoo.  But yes speakup is a good console screen reader, and compiling will be possible if necessary.

> > - use an accessible editor, an accessible browser and an accessible
> > email client.
> > I'm a fan of command line apps -- I like emacs, as it can do a lot
> > eg. automatically do your indentation. Also you should use emacspeak
> > with it to take advantage of all it's features. Vi, nano and most of the
> > other editors are fine with speakup, emacs will work with speakup, but
> > you'll have a better experience with emacspeak.
> Well, I have tried Emacspeak in the past but I didn't find it nice enough. I 
> don't like to need remembering anything, and I like to find all the features 
> the editor offers in menus or in other ways, but not in help files.
> A Linux clone of TextPad or EditPlus or UltraEdit would be very good.
> Nano is nice, but it doesn't use (as far as I know) the possibility of 
> finding/replacing using regular expressions, the possibility of running the 
> currently opened file with a certain interpreter and storing the results 
> from STDOUT and STDERR in another accessible window, and many other missing 
> features.
> My biggest fear is that I won't find a good editor under Linux, but only 
> extremes - powerful editors like Emacs and vi that have a very old and 
> strange interface, or easy to use editors like nano or pico that don't have 
> more features than Notepad.
> Octavian
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