Sonar GNU/Linux merges with Vinux

John G Heim jheim at
Wed Mar 15 16:46:04 UTC 2017

I would like to offer the services of the International Association Of 
Visually Impaired Technologists  for this project. IAVIT already is a 
501C3 non-profit in the United States.  I am sure the Board Of Directors 
of IAVIT would be thrilled to make whatever resources we have available 
to the sonar/vinux project. If you guys have infrastructure needs, see us.

On 03/15/2017 06:30 AM, Kyle wrote:
> Sonar merges with the Vinux Project.
> and team up.
> Exciting news for the Sonar and Vinux communities.
> A special meeting was held early 2017 between core Sonar and Vinux team
> members. It was agreed that the two projects will be working together
> toward common goals. Whilst Vinux has recently indicated to move the
> distro base from Ubuntu to Fedora, several meetings have been held
> between Vinux and Sonar core members with an agreement taking place
> toward common goals that will freshen up both projects. Some teams have
> been expanded, and new teams have been created within Vinux, with the
> influx of Sonar developers and users. Project leader Rob Whyte said that
> the merge will minimize fragmentation and combine resources. Most
> importantly, having a larger active community will allow us to develop
> some visions we have had for some time.
> Going forward in 2017, Vinux hopes to become a not for profit
> organization and to step up what we can deliver to our loyal user base.
> Under the new arrangements, Vinux has agreed to stem into the ARM
> architecture, offering exciting new possibilities, and has also
> committed to again provide Vinux hardware, focusing primarily on ARM
> devices.
> Though mainstream distro accessibility is paramount, we believe after
> much consultation that a specialised distro is still required.
> Together with Linux-a11y, most commonly known for the active development
> of the Fenrir screen reader and the OCRPDF and OCRDesktop text
> recognition tools, Vinux has agreed to continuously push for and
> contribute to accessibility inclusion within main line distributions.
> Vinux plans to produce images based mainly upon the Mate desktop
> environment, but also Gnome; and builds for Arm devices, including the
> Raspberry Pi, Odroid XU3, XU4 and C2 and hopefully others, depending on
> the availability of hardware.
> We at Vinux are excited for this new chapter we are embracing.
> ~Kyle
> Vinux PR/Social Media Team Lead
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