Sonar GNU/Linux merges with Vinux

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Thu Apr 27 06:17:17 UTC 2017

Hmm. Facebook groups? Perhaps? I could handle that, if it please ya.
	Linux for the blind. Grant stuff, though, I’ll probably have to
	leave for those who know about petitioning and such. However,
	NVDA got plenty of grant money from Mozilla and Adobe, so we
	could start with them, as Orca works best with Firefox for web browsing.
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Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at> writes:

> 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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