early warning I hope

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Wed Feb 19 00:32:47 UTC 2020

I haven't played with Slint yet, but I've installed Ubuntu 18.04 on 
multiple systems with no sighted assistance whatsoever.

On 2/18/20 8:17 AM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Hello,
> Didier Spaier, Slint maintainer here.
> Slint is the most accessible Linux distribution out of the box.
> It can be installed wihout any sighted help, at least by someone not
> afraid to type a few commands and read these documents before installing:
> http://slackware.uk/slint/x86_64/slint-14.2.1/README.installation
> http://slackware.uk/slint/x86_64/slint-14.2.1/doc/Accessibility/Accessibility
> I will be happy to hear differing opinions, as long as they come from
> blind people who tried to install and use Slint <smile>
> Best regards,
> Didier
> Le 18/02/2020 à 15:04, Linux for blind general discussion a écrit :
>> I've never used Arch or any of its derivatives, so I can't really help
>> with the original poster's problem... though I would've thought the
>> old Kernel would've been left in place and sighted assistence could be
>> used to select it from GRUB or whatever alternative boot loader one is
>> using.
>> I do find the harsh criticism of Arch as an accessible Linux option
>> and the recommendation of Debian Stable and Ubuntu instead a bit
>> eyebrow raising though. Seems like half the issues people have on the
>> Orca Mailing list come down to Debian Stable and Ubuntu(and especially
>> 18.04) having out-of-date accessibility stacks, and from what I've
>> heard over the years from various sources, Arch seems to be the most
>> popular alternative to Debian as a base for custom,
>> accessibility-focused distros.
>> Admittedly, I'd probably recommend Debian stable to a sighted Linux
>> newbie, but accessibility is one area where Debian's focus on
>> stability over cutting edge does more harm than good... I'd probably
>> recommend Knoppix running in Adriane mode to a blind person interested
>> in learning Linux, but it's been years since there were any official
>> Knoppix images with Adriane as the default boot option, and while it's
>> a one line edit to a single text file within the ISO to make Adriane
>> the default, I know no means of directly editing an ISO, and the
>> method I've been using to make Adriane DVDs of mount, copy, edit,
>> rebuild, burn is rather involved... Plus, Knoppix is only really
>> designed with live use in mind, so while it's amazing for system
>> rescue or having a portable copy of Linux, it's not the best for a
>> primary OS.
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