Linux GUI FAQ/tutorial?

covici at covici at
Thu Jan 21 13:30:39 UTC 2010

I would say that emacs and either emacspeak or speakup which I prefer
would make a good combination.  Emacs also has a sort of a file manager
built in which is very nice.  You can do everything you want, but read
the selection, but once you get used to emacs you can do a lot.

Octavian Râsnita <orasnita at> wrote:

> Hi Trev,
> From: <trev.saunders at>
> > Personally I prefer yasr to speakup, and like vim as an editor.  vi
> > m works well with yasr, and is useable with speakup.
> Well, maybe my espectations are wrong because they are based mostly on
> my Linux - cli experience in a SecureCRT console from Windows, but I
> was lost each time vi started as a default editor.
> To be more specific, I would like to be able to use an editor that
> lets me to use the arrow keys to read the text line by line and word
> by word and char by char with up and down arrows, control+left and
> right arrows, or simply the left and right arrows, allow me to select
> the text using the shift key, selected text that can be read by the
> screen reader when I want to, to be able to copy/paste the text from a
> program into another with a simple combination of key, execute the
> currently open program source code with a specified interpreter that
> also offers me the possibility of specifying some parameters,
> find/replace using regular expressions with a simple combination of
> keys, and very few other things.
> I ask if these are possible, because as I said, when vi was opened in
> an SSH console and I tried to use the arrow keys, I used to hear only
> some beep sounds, without beeing able to read anything, and instead of
> giving combinations of keys for exiting/saving like Control+S,
> Control+Q or something like that, I needed to type simple text
> commands like ":", which is very strange for a modern editor.
> > I think by far the best option is mutt.
> I guess mutt is accessible under Linux. I have tried a Windows version
> that had big accessibility issues.
> Is mutt able to create/display html mail messages?
> Can it group the messages by conversation? Can we define more folders
> and rules for moving the messages automaticly in those folders based
> on some conditions?
> I guess the answer is yes, but I want to know what I should expect.
> > agreed, bash makes a pretty excellent file manager.
> Well, for some tasks yes. I would be very happy if Windows command
> prompt would have the features of bash. But for some tasks a file
> manager like Windows Explorer is much better, but it is good if there
> is one for Linux also.
> However as I said, my biggest fear remains the text editor. Under
> Windows there is no text editor without issues. The best is TextPad,
> but it doesn't fully support UTF-8 which is very bad.
> I have tried tens of editors under Windows and all of them have
> issues, but under Linux I think I don't have so many editors to choose
> unfortunately.
> Octavian
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