Prospects for an accessible and open version of Android?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Mon Jun 22 07:43:13 UTC 2020

There's a 3.5 mm audio jack on the MeerKat. You just missed it.

That would be a deal breaker for me.



Linux for blind general discussion writes:
> Yeah, I might could live with only 3 USB-A ports and having to use an
> external optical drive, but the MeerKat refusing to boot without a
> mouse and monitor would be an absolute deal breaker... also, I heard
> mention of HDMI when I checked out it's product page at System 76, but
> no mention of 3.5mm audio jacks, which sadly one can no longer take
> for granted will be found on new machines.
> Realistically, I'll probably stick with my 2011 HP until the
> motherboard dies and then panic due to lack of funds to replace it,
> but even if there's no practical way of making it battery powered, the
> MeerKat's size is appealing to me for two reasons:
> 1. If I had the MeerKat has my primary workstation, it would be
> trivial to pack it up and take it with me if I ever have to travel.
> 2. The room that currently doubles as my bedroom and home office is
> quite small, trading out my full-sized desktop for something like the
> MeerKat would free up a not insignificant amount of space.
> That said, it feels like there really isn't anything out there that
> isn't either crippled by high price, restrictive hardware, or the lack
> of a internal battery.
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Janina Sajka

Linux Foundation Fellow
Executive Chair, Accessibility Workgroup:

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Chair, Accessible Platform Architectures

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