Announce: Slint64-14.2.1 is released.

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Wed Dec 20 22:50:37 UTC 2017

Slint64-14.2.1 is released!

As a reminder Slint is a Linux distribution based on Slackware.


The ISO image for Slint64-14.2.1 is provided on

To know how to use this ISO image, read:
Just substitute this ISO's file name to the one indicated there.

Specific instructions for visually impaired users are provided in:

Slint can be installed and used without help from a sighted person,
provided that the computer be set to boot from the installation media,
DVD or USB stick. 

To update your system after installation, run as as root these commands:
slapt-get --add-keys
slapt-get --update
slapt-get --upgrade -s # to check for available updates.
slapt-get --upgrade # to actually apply the updates.


MATE 1.18 is included, as well as Xfce, LXDE and KDE (optional) and
lighter ones like blackbox and fluxbox.

Slint64-4.2 is accessible to visually impaired users: it can be
installed and used with speech and/or Braille both in text mode and in
several graphical environments including of course MATE.

brltty is included with brlapi to use your braille device in graphical
environments through orca.

espeakup provides speech in text mode, orca in graphical environments.  

The installation of KDE is optional. If KDE is installed, to avoid
cluttering the application menus of other graphical environments the
admin can just type hide-kde-apps: the menu entry of KDE apps will
then appear only in the menu entry of KDE. This can be reverted typing

The lightdm and gdm2 graphical login managers are included, both can
speak with orca.

To cope with the many graphical environments and login managers and
alleviate the need of manually editing configuration files, several new
utilities are provided:
* orca-on ad orca-off allow each user to enable or disable speech and/or
  braille in graphical environments for oneself.
* session-chooser allows a user to set the default graphical session for
  oneself, among those available. This can be done by root for a regular
  user with setsession.
* login-chooser allows the admin to set the login manager, either text
  (the users can then after login start a graphical session typing
  startx) or graphical (among lightdm, lxdm, gdm and kdm) and decide to
  have speech or not for login, in text mode as using lightdm or gdm2.

Most graphical environments get a similar layout of the panels and
their menus.


See the document ACCESSIBILITY:


Follow the instructions detailed in the document README_UPGRADE
in the directory upgrade:
These instructions also apply to testers of a release candidate.

Note that upgrading from a Slint version earlier than 14.2 is NOT 
supported at all and will most likely not work.

Alternatively make a full backup, install anew, restore from the backup.


Slint website: (not yet updated for 14.2.1)
Mailing list:
Didier: didier~at~slint~dot~fr

I welcome your feedback and am ready to cooperate with other projects.



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