Linux GUI FAQ/tutorial?

Daniel Dalton d.dalton at
Tue Jan 26 11:49:42 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 08:32:21AM +0200, Octavian Râsnita wrote:
> 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?

It certainly does, I'm using it with espeakup/espeak now very happily.

> the console for seeing at least the last screen displayed, for
> viewing errors... but I guess Speakup can do this.

Of course. The screen program also supports a scroll back buffer...
> >- 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.

...Are you sure the command line is for you then?

> A Linux clone of TextPad or EditPlus or UltraEdit would be very good.

There are graphical editors, however, I'm not sure of their
accessibility. Emacspeak is excellent though if u spend a day or two
learning it. As I said you don't have to use emacspeak to make use of

You'll find though the most powerful editors aren't full of menus, they
have lots of different ways of inputs like emacs, eg. minibuffer, menus
and keystrokes. 

> > Nano is nice, but it doesn't use (as far as I know) the possibility
> of finding/replacing using regular expressions, the possibility of

It's a more basic editor I think in comparason to emacs/vim.

> 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.

Emacs or vim could probably do this if you did some research.

> My biggest fear is that I won't find a good editor under Linux, but

There are a ton of editors under linux, that statement is probably quite

> 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.

Actually emacs isn't that hard to use when you understand the basics.

Also, I'm writing this email in emacs. (Using mutt as the client for
email too)

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