Blind vs. mainstream distros

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Mon Apr 24 00:32:36 UTC 2017

I recently helped out my sighted roomie with installing Ubuntu from a USB stick. I had him turn on speech so that I could hear if he ran into some problems. There were a couple of hitches, but easily overcome.

So far, he enjoys being able to use his portable out in the front room without having to come into the back area of the house to use his windows machine (which has some stability issues). ABout the only thing he uses windows for anymore is playing world of warships, world of tanks or checking his email. we are working on getting that last transitioned over to the linux laptop. :)

My next project is going to be upgrading the old 12.04 laptop of mine to something a bit more recent. This way, I can use it to serve up a couple of SDR dongles to use with my other machine here. Believe me, I have tried this in windows with abysmal results. and yes, using a software defined radio in windows just isn't very doable with a screen reader. HamLib on Linux makes this easy peasy. :)


On Apr 23, 2017, at 5:15 PM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:

> Regarding my experiences with my clients, my business motto has always been "Linux is for everyone," and I don't discriminate. This means that I will never make it a policy to serve only blind or visually impaired people, and I prefer what are commonly called "mainstream" distros over all else. In fact, I have worked more with users with eyeballs, installing and supporting traditional distros, than I have with blind or visually impaired people, except maybe the support work I've done pro bono on various e-mail lists and IRC channels. But after much discussion between the Vinux and Sonar developers, it was felt that something specialized is still needed *for now*, but that working as close as possible to upstream is equally important, as the closer we are to upstream, the easier it will be to get bugs fixed and features added that will help everyone no matter which distro they choose, and eventually, no matter how old the packages are in the distro they choose. Also, working as closely as possible with upstream will mean less work that needs to be done to finally get to the point where only things like TalkingArch, which require very little time or effort, will be needed in the not-too-distant future, and hopefully there will come a day when none of this is needed at all, as everything will come up speaking, brailling and whatever else out of the box, with a vare minimum of user intervention.
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