Linux mint?

Karen Lewellen klewellen at
Sat Nov 8 22:07:11 UTC 2014

I am not hunting for, or installing  anything.
I asked the question, because on another list a person was demonstrating 
how counter productive it is to assume that the over 500 million people 
who might benefit from a screen reader are the same...let alone that 
the presence  of one equals a uniform experience.
I am still amused by the waisted hardware I have with debian on it and 
Not that such has a place in this discussion.
The generalization regarding adaptive tools and those who use them is 
often far more damaging then the atypical body difference involved.
Off my soapbox lol.

On Sat, 8 Nov 2014, Jude DaShiell wrote:

> Linux Mint last time I read anything on it was an accessibility
> disaster.  However, has a distribution that will
> run espeak and get you installed read beginners-guide.txt on archlinux
> wiki to do it right the first time.  You end up in a command line
> environment and if you don't like that, well gnome14 is available to
> install as well as mate and mate-extra then you can use orca.  ubuntu in
> current configuration is also a disaster.  I updated a working ubuntu
> and although the basic interface talks none of the browsers will talk
> when I try running them.  Probably something to do with unity.  There is
> sonarlinux available for download that comes
> up running orca and has current version of gnome on it and has had lots
> of accessibility fixes applied too.  In order to get debian talking you
> have to hit s then enter right after you hear your speaker beep and wait
> a little bit.  Debian uses espeak like archlinux does and is less
> complex to install.  Once you select language and keyboard in debian,
> it's a good idea to hit the less than character followed by enter to get
> yourself out onto the main menu if installing debian.  You want to
> change priority to low since you'll get asked more questions that way.
> One of them will be about the non-free archive and you probably ought to
> select that when it comes up.  To answer questions in debian installs
> it's just a matter of picking the number from the menu and keying it in
> at the prompt then hitting enter.  With archlinux you have to do actual
> linux commands to install it.  You may also want to save logs and you
> can put them in your /mnt partition in the event you have any
> installation problems or even a success, debian-install at
> wants those logs.
> On Wed, 5 Nov 2014, Paul Merrell wrote:
>> On Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 7:47 PM, Karen Lewellen <klewellen at> wrote:
>>> I am told on another list that this distribution  comes with speech right
>>> out of the box.  anyone know what is incorporated?
>>> I believe the distribution  is either debian Ubintu or both?
>> I can't speak to what its speech capabilities are when freshly
>> installed, but Mint is derived from Ubuntu which is derived from
>> Debian. But it comes with its own desktop environments, a choice
>> between Cinnamon (derivative of Gnome 3) or Mate (a continuation of
>> the Gnome 2 desktop). I use the Mate desktop.
>> Best regards,
>> Paul
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