Sonar GNU/Linux merges with Vinux

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Tue Apr 25 15:29:09 UTC 2017

I know next to nothing about the NFB and ACB, and I could've sworn
there was an AFB in there somewhere, but unless one organization is
hoarding resources for their own members, refuse to let members be
part of other organizations, or abuse IP law to the point only those
willing to jump through their hoops can benefit, I'm not sure what the
problem is with multiple organizations opporating in the same arena
and pursueing differing goals. After all, the more choices one has,
the better the chances of finding something that works for their own

Sure, someone working to improve screen reading on the Linux Desktop
might be better off contributing to Orca than trying to produce their
own screen reader, and someone interested in improving screen reading
in Windows would probably be better off contributing to NVDA or even
applying for a job at Freedom Scientific than trying to create another
screen reader for Windows, but with how vastly different Windows and
Linux are as ecosystems, cooperation between the two sides might not
offer any tangible benefit not already provided by NVDA and Orca both
being open source. And even within the same ecosystem, speech and
braille are two completely different beasts, so not only could
cooperation between a speech developer and a braille developer not
benefit either side, trying to integrate their efforts into a single
program that does both braille and speech might just lead to something
that's harder to maintain than a pair of separate, single-purpose

Actually, I think that just might be a practical example of the wisdom
behind the Unix Philosophy of "Do one thing and do it well".

As for competing standards, when you only have a few competing
standards and one is clearly superior to the others(e.g. Blu-Ray vs HD
DVD), often the superior standard kills the inferior standard unless
the inferior standard has overwhelming backing of big business or the
government or is so much cheaper people over look it's inferiority.
However, when you have many standards in near perfect competition,
trying to introduce a new standard to replace them all often results
in just adding another standard to the list. Consider the various
document, image, audio, and video formats in common usage for storing
stuff digitally and how they tend to be an eclectic mix of formats
that have been around for decades and formats that popped up in the
last few years, and how the older formats aren't limited just to files
that have been circulating for years. Honestly, it's a small miracle
HDMI became the one standard to rule them all instead of ending up
with as many HD video connectors as there are different SD Video
connectors, and I'd say the same of USB if it wasn't a single
all-purpose standard replacing a multitude of single purpose


Jeffery Wright
President Emeritus, Nu Nu Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa.
Former Secretary, Student Government Association, College of the Albemarle.

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