Sonar GNU/Linux merges with Vinux

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Thu Apr 27 11:07:05 UTC 2017

Tony Baechler here.

Your comments again emphasize the need for a nonprofit organization. I 
wouldn't worry too much about the money. Funding will happen once the word 
gets out. Oh, it takes time and it won't be immediate, but it can and will 
happen. What we need is a grant writer. The government issues grants. There 
are many private companies who put lots of funding into Linux. Most major 
projects have outside funding. If Mozilla had to survive only on donors, 
they wouldn't. Debian gets lots of money and servers from HP Enterprise and 
many other companies. You're right that the Windows guys get their money 
mostly from the government, but not all. Schools are a lot of the market.

As I said before, start young. Get on social media where teens and young 
people are and show them that there is another choice besides Windows and 
the Mac. Even if they aren't programmers, they are potential users. One of 
the reasons why the Apple II became so successful was because it was given 
to so many schools. How many of you grew up on the Apple II in the 
classroom? There was a company called Raised Dot Computing. They wrote and 
sold Bex and other programs. They were a commercial business. When they 
started, they had no money. All of their newsletters are online and well 
worth reading if you care about the history of technology for the blind. 
They hired a grant writer. After getting several grants, they were able to 
fund development of their software, like Braille Edit which became Bex, a 
program to make AppleWorks accessible and eventually Mega Dots for the PC. 
The point is it can be done and it wouldn't be that difficult, especially 
with a good social media presence.

On 4/24/2017 4:56 AM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Kelly Prescott here.
> The reason Windows has better accessibility, is that the government has
> largely funded it.  FS and all the other players get a large percentage of
> there purchases from VR dollars which is the good old tax payer!
> So while a private company developes it, Uncle Sam really foots the bill!
> I only say that to show how hard it is to get accessible software built and
> maintained.
> I am working on a UEFI boot loader that talks from bootup.  I am going to
> release it as open source.
> The thing is: I have to feed me and mine durring this effort.
> This means that I work on borring normal projects most of the time, and my
> boot loader when I have spare time.
> I think there are several developers me among them who would do this full
> time, but if there is no money in it, then we must continue to work on our
> normal jobs/projects until we either have time to work on it or we find some
> good funding to pay for it.
> Unfortunately, I do not know of good ways to obtain lots of money for
> part-time developers.  There is only so much free time and free work to go
> around.

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