brltty support for the new Orbit braille display, is anyone looking at that?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Tue Jun 6 18:15:36 UTC 2017

Driver development is not very easy. In most case, experienced driver 
developer must have braille display to develop specific driver for it. 
And because Braille display is not cheap as a mobile phone SIM cart or 
so cheap as most cheapest mobile phone model on The market, driver 
developer must obtain this device.

Next problem. Braille display manufacturer must provide The necessary 
technical informaton to The driver developer. In other case, 
reverseengineering work based on analysis The communication between 
computer and device is needed. By uswing special USB transfer monitoring 
apps. And this is not easy.
Try to ask Dave Mielke on Brltty mailing list. Problem is, that by 
driving Braille device incorrectly can cause hardware damage of the 
device. So kernel driver development and eevice driver development is 
really not such kind of experimenting like while debugging simple 
program which do not drive specific device directly.
I have read one article, that first versions of Brltty had difficulty 
with this. And that one Braille device have been accidentally damaged. 
So one manufacturer has borrowed display Braille display to The 
responsible developer.
I do not know, who has so big C or C++ knowledge that he is able to 
incorporate new Braille device driver to Brltty package.
May be, MR Tibault and Dave Mielke? Or MR Mielke alone?
Linux for blind general discussion napsal(a):
> Hi,
> Many South Africans are eagerly awaiting the release of the Orbit 
> braille display.
> Does anyone know if someone is working on adding support for this 
> braille display to brltty?
> TIA, Willem
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