Announce Fenrir 1.5

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Sat Oct 7 21:47:21 UTC 2017

Howdy People,
I want to let you know that we currently kicked out Fenrir 1.5 with a 
lot of awsomenes:

Fenrir 1.5:
a user space console screen reader  (Python3)

The latest version of Fenrir 1.5 is now available. There have been 
numerous enhancements and bug fixes since the last release. Also, the 
project is now installable via pip. In addition, several distros offer 
Fenrir in their repositories. Arch Linux users may install either the 
latest stable branch or git using AUR.

* Does not rely on kernel modules making it ideal for distributions that 
do not include staging drivers
* Works well even on minimal hardware
* Configurable laptop and desktop keyboard layouts
* Built-in spellchecking
* Configurable speech and sound output with multiple drivers for both
* Configurable feedback; hear only what you want to hear
* helper scripts to help configure pulseaudio
* Easy to use script system
* Easy to extend
* bookmarks
* full featured clipboard system with history and ability to export to 
file or the X session (using xclip)
* Built-in man page for quick and easy help
* Application built-in help with the shortcut fenrir+f1

New in  1.5:
* initial working
* available via pip (python packet manager, "sudo pip3 install 
* leave review on typing
* add dependency check (
* Add nice dummy drivers as template or for debugging
* reimplement detection code for X11
* initial translate structure (manuelcortez Thanks!)
* add a configurable place where you can place own commands or overwrite 
existing commands without need to change default code
* implement autodetection of plugged and unplugged input devices
* implement generic speechdriver
* try to autodetect encoding (Easy for contribution) (Prototype 
"charmapTTY" in play zone)
* initial BrlTTY driver
* Inital Braille support (Still WIP)
* move to an event based system
* add initial multithreading/ multiprocessing support
* support cli parameters
   * add cli parameter for debugging "-d"
   * add cli parameter to overwrite options "-o"
   * add cli parameter to specify an settings.conf "-s"
* list of bound commands in Tutorial Mode using arrow keys. speak name, 
binding and description.
* a lot of bugfixing
* experimental SELinux rules

Live Support
Help is available on IRC at in the #a11y room. mumble 
is also available.


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