Sonar GNU/Linux merges with Vinux
Linux for blind general discussion
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Thu Apr 27 11:15:00 UTC 2017
I agree with you, but when you say schools, you mean the government.
They provide the majority of funding schools use for that sort of thing.
I did not think of a grant writer. That sounds like a good place to
On Thu, 27 Apr 2017, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> 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
> 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
>> 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
>> 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
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