Accessible Distros for a beginner?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Sat Aug 22 20:49:51 UTC 2020


I answer inline to the parts of your message quoted below: 

Le 22/08/2020 à 21:20, SL  a écrit :
> I don't know if I would also need to compile source files for Slint when I'm getting started with the OS?

No need to do that. You get a lot of software out of the boxes, and can get more just typing a few commands, as with many other Linux distributions, either pre-built or compiled and installed typing just one command. 

> But if Slint starts speaking out of the box more or less, maybe I would start with that.
Slint starts speaking from the very beginning of installation and speaks in all contexts; console as graphical environments including Mate, the default.

If you have a hard synthesizer you can use it as well. Slint can preserve and restore specific settings for each synthesizer if you use several.

Orca is indeed available in graphical environments and you can use (and switch between) console screen readers: espeakup, speechd-up and fenrir. 

Indeed braille is enabled as well from the very beginning of installation.

> I like how many accessibility features Slint has.
We try hard to provide as many as possible.

> And if I wouldn't need to compile a lot of source files, maybe Slint would be a good choice.
Indeed <smile>

About support: we answer all questions in the Slint mailing list, and beginners are welcome there.

So I think that Slint is a good choice for a laptop in your situation.

Slint don't support raspberry Pi, but for that Stormux is a good choice.

Storm Dragon, its maintainer, is a friend and we do cooperate for the benefit of our users. 

didier at

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