Blind vs. mainstream distros

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Mon Apr 24 01:27:24 UTC 2017

I'm not sure if I'm following these arguments. Blind users do share some 
common goals in a distribution. An accessible installer, accessible 
applications and so on. I'm also not sure there' needs to be such a 
strong sense of community. There are hundreds of distributions out there 
now. I'm sure there are distributions based on a lot less shared needs 
then blind Linux users have. I say just as any other distribution, put 
it out there and either the users will come or they won't.

Christopher (CJ)
chaltain at Gmail

On 23/04/17 20:16, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Again I say what community?
> If one utilized a definition of shared  attributes drawn from the
> majority of those  you consider in your community, one thing you just
> indicated would
>   mean you  do not qualify.
> In every major country where figures are available, less than 10% of
> those who are indeed blind read braille.  that means 90% of your
> community do not share something with you, but you feed  a stereotype
> from those outside of your community as you cal it makes it harder for
> that 90%.
> You talking of uniformity where little if any exists, though likely not
> intended, feeds the barriers to understanding by those you define as
> totally outside of your community.
> I prefer to focus on common desires with individual choices.  The more
> choices on the buffet, the greater the number who are fed.
> Kare
> On Sun, 23 Apr 2017, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>> I am probably the one who made the quit about the "blind community".
>> And yes, that label does cause a "us vs. them response). Still, when
>> it comes to the world in general, we all have to educate others and
>> some of them just won't listen. Frankly, to me, it doesn't matter too
>> much. Every group, regardless of disability, race, etc has its
>> elitists and also has its common folks.
>> Unfortunately, community is needed just now because, without it, no
>> one will listen. If everyone listened, there wouldn't be a need.
>> Now, as for me… I am about as individual as they get. I can function
>> independently, read braille, type pretty fast and I still have my
>> health. I don't like collective groups, but they can be a useful tool
>> for getting some things done. Thats pretty much the same thing with
>> Linux. Its a collective group that has one idea in mind: free and open
>> source. Anything wrong with that? nope!
>> now, perhaps we have gotten a bit off track here.
>> -eric
>> On Apr 23, 2017, at 5:50 PM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>>> Um, to the non-existent community person, did you really mean to
>>> respond to me? I believe I ultimately said the same thing. I'm not
>>> the one who mentioned some "blind community," and I for one also
>>> believe this is something that simply doesn't exist. I'm just as
>>> human as you, and I work toward humanization of all humans, not
>>> discrimination against any human, which is why I also struggle to
>>> inform people of the real ramifications of the whole "blind" vs
>>> "sighted" attitude. Once we can get to the place where we are all
>>> human whether our eies fully work or not, then we can solve a lot
>>> more of the world's problems, including the "mainstream" vs
>>> "specialized" problem.
>>> ~Kyle
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