VPS hosting

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Tue Jul 10 12:12:35 UTC 2018


Janina here with a strong plus one to Chris on the importance of
accessible control of a failing machine.

I'm a user of linode.com. I've been their customer for nearly a decade.
On Linode one can achieve console access over ssh using something called


I would note that lish is full access, including the boot loader stage.
Lish is, well it's simply delishous!


Linux for blind general discussion writes:
> Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at redhat.com> writes:
> > With a VPS it's more like tou get a virtual machine and you're
> > responsible for administering it.  You can usually choose the OS
> > (usually from popular Linux distributions, but some also provide
> > FreeBSD or OpenBSD which I've come to prefer), choose which servers
> > you want to run (mail, web-server, database, IRC, whatever), install
> > those, and you are responsible for upgrades too.  For these, I've been
> > pleased with (or heard good things from people I trust about) OVH,
> > Vultr, Digital Ocean, and Linode.
> Hi, this is Chris Brannon.
> I should mention up front that I work for a VPS hosting company,
> Prgmr.com.  I've been using their service for 7 years, and I've been an
> employee for just over a year.  One thing you should definitely consider
> when buying VPS service is the accessibility of the out-of-band
> console.  If your system breaks so badly that you cannot connect
> to it via SSH to the VPS, you'll need to fix it from an out-of-band
> console.  If the VPS provider provides this using a VNC
> connection, it is completely inaccessible, because a VNC connection just
> transmits bitmapped images rather than text.  A GUI screen reader like
> Orca does not avail here, because those operate at a much higher
> level of the GUI stack than the raw bitmap level.  Perhaps OCR is the
> only recourse when dealing with a VNC connection.
> With Prgmr.com, not only is the out-of-band console in text mode, but
> all of the VPS management functions are done through a straightforward
> menued text interface.  I think many of the people on this list would
> really love it.
> To that end, I've uploaded a transcript of me working with the
> management console for a test VPS:
> http://the-brannons.com/prgmr-session.txt
> It's a bit too long to attach to this message.
> -- Chris
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Janina Sajka

Linux Foundation Fellow
Executive Chair, Accessibility Workgroup:	http://a11y.org

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Chair, Accessible Platform Architectures	http://www.w3.org/wai/apa

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