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Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Fri Jan 11 15:51:47 UTC 2019

Well, there is not need to use Firefox or any web browser just to listen
Hilary Hahn on YouTube, and record her performance on the console.

Install mps-youtube then  type mpyst and press h for help.

You can also use xfb-run to use Firefox without starting X.

Try this:
xvfb-run -a firefox --headless


Didier Spaier
Slint project

On 11/01/2019 16:04, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> I use patchelf to make Firefox use apulse by default, and while I have
> a few packages on my system that suggest or recommend pulseaudio, they
> all work just fine with just libpulse, and these two are tiny compared
> to everything the pulseaudio metapackage wants to install. Also, I
> presently have nothing installed that depends on jack.
> I'll admit, it would be nice if I could have Orca and YouTube speaking
> at reasonable volume simultaneously without having to use
> headphones(presently, having Orca speak normally leaves YouTube
> Whispering even with YouTube's volume slider at max and having YouTube
> at a reasonable volume leavs Orca shouting, though this only seems to
> happen with my desktop's internal speaker and headphones seems to
> equalize them).
> Admittedly, I don't use my desktop for playing multimedia from local
> storage and only use it for YouTube because I have nothing else that
> can play YouTube, and if I did have something else that could play
> YouTube, I'd ditch apulse since I'd be fine with a silent Firefox
> otherwise, and if it wasn't for Firefox, I'd ditch the GUI all
> together(Sadly, I can't go a day without visiting at least one website
> that needs Javascript to work, and the navigational hotkeys Orca adds
> to Firefox and other graphical web browsers are just too dang
> convenient and I know of no way to get an equivalent feature in
> text-only browsers).
> Maybe I'm a bit obsessed with minimalism(I was an lxde user prior to
> blindness, and even then, did as much from within lxterminal as I did
> on the desktop, had a single panel in the style of Win9x, and had no
> icons to mar my wallpaper), but I like having a root partition whose
> contents could fit uncompressed on a CD, the Pulseaudio metapackage
> and its dependencies weigh more than the heaviest application on my
> system, and I've heard nothing to suggest pulseaudio provides benefit
> proportionate to its size, but plenty to suggest getting it to do
> anything might make my life harder(Admittedly, I'm hesitant to try
> anything that messes with a working sound config, what with sound
> being my sole means of output).
> To each their own, but I'm quite content without it and intend to
> resist efforts to force me to use it for the foreseeable future.
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