Linux distribution for the blind these days

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Thu Feb 22 16:56:27 UTC 2018

Hello Harmony,

Le 22/02/2018 à 16:07, Harmony a écrit :
> How do you create an operating system like Slint? Do you not need a 
> bigger operating system to build it on top of,like a host?

I took Slackware as a basis and modified it. Main modifications:

1. The installer is polyglot and accessible with braille and speech.
2. The installed system is accessible with braille and speech, in text
aka console mode as in graphical environments. So, Slint can be
installed then used without a sighted assistance.
3. The system is pre-configured at time of installation.
4. Additional accessible tools ease administration and package
management. They are mostly borrowed to or also used by Salix.
5. Added packages not shipped in Slackware like e.g. pandoc and vlc,
claws-mail, doclifter, geany, MATE and LXDE desktops, compiz, inkscape,
po4a, scribus, LibreOffice, all shipped in the same ISO and installed at
once. KDE is also shipped in the ISO but its installation is optional.
6 The login managers (aka display managers) gdm2 and lightdm are added,
with speech optional. LXDM is also added but don't speak.
7 Handy in-house tools like login-chooser (choose how to login, in text
mode or with one of the display  managers available, with or without
speech), orca-on and orca-off (to enable or disable speech in graphical
environments as regular user), session-chooser (to choose the default
graphical environments among blackbox, fluxbox, mate, twm, windowmaker,
xfce, and KDE if installed). Be aware that TWM and KDE are not really
8. Access to trusted extra packages repositories.

> Is Slint Debian-based, Red-Hat Based, or does it use its own package 
> manager?

Slint is Slackware based and includes Slackware's packages management
system and tools plus slapt-get (similar to slapt-get) and its GTK GUI
gslapt, slapt-src (to help build and install additional packages) and
its GTK GUI Sourcery, and spi (installs extra packages if available,
else build them if sources are available in a trusted repo, with
dependency resolution). Kind of a slapt-src + slapt-get front end,
written by George Vlahavas, Salix maintainer.

If anyone wonders neither Slackware nor Slint use systemd so far. The
init system is made of shell scripts.

Sorry if you expected a shorter answer...



> -Harmony
> On 22/02/2018 04:38, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>> Hello
>> Le 22/02/2018 à 12:53, Linux for blind general discussion a écrit :
>>> Yes, download and install slint.  Much easier install than ubuntu and similar distros.
>> I confirm (I am Slint's creator and maintainer).
>> Some links:
>> (la traduction en Fraçais est en retrd).
>> mailing list:
>> Tu peux y poster en Français
>> Forum:
>> Tu peux poser en Français, et aussi ici:
>> (forum commun avec Salix).
>> Greetings,
>> Didier Spaier
>> <didier~at~slint~dot~fr>
>>> On Thu, 22 Feb 2018, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>>>> Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:12:56
>>>> From: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
>>>> To: blinux-list at
>>>> Subject: Linux distribution for the blind these days
>>>> Hi,
>>>> Does anyone have a recipe for installing Linux for a blind person. I
>>>> am asking because I never done it before.
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> Jimmy
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