Accessible Distros for a beginner?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Fri Aug 21 12:24:29 UTC 2020

NVDA will not run in Wine. I heard it may have something to do with wine 
lacking accessibility libraries or something, but I'm not sure. In Wine, 
it either plays its startup sound and dies, or it does nothing at all. I 
can't remember exactly, as it's been a long time since I've played with 
it. I do recall playing with it on ReactOS, which is essentially a full 
OS based at least partially on the Wine code base but including its own 
kernel and graphical desktop environment. NVDA did not run there either, 
and I saw something I thought I would never again see in life, the blue 
screen of death. So Orca is currently the only workable solution on any 
Linux desktop environment, and applications running in Wine will need to 
self-voice in order to be usable. Perhaps this has changed in the years 
I have used exclusively non-x86 hardware, but I haven't heard anything 
through the grapevine that tells me anything different, so likely this 
hasn't changed.


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