Prospects for an accessible and open version of Android?

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Wed Jun 24 13:06:38 UTC 2020

USB booting is hit or miss. A lot of time's it's not enabled in the bios. So you plug in the USB stick, have to dig out sighted help to turn on USB boot in the priority menu. And if you unplug the USB stick, it often gets turned off again. So the cycle repeats. At least, with optical drives, you generally left them plugged in all the time so you didn't have to do the bios dance whenever you wanted to try out a new distro.

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From: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2020 08:08:22 -0400
Subject: Re: Prospects for an accessible and open version of Android?

> OK, we're not quite communicating here.
> System 76 systems come with Ubuntu 20.4 pre-installed. You want another
> distro, you pop in a usb stick and go for it, or launch over ethernet.
> Asking for optical drives is a losing proposition these days, afaik.
> They're very yesterday.
> I should be able to give yhou direct experience in a few weeks. I
> ordered my fully loaded MeerKat earlier this week. Delivery is around 3
> weeks.
> Best,
> Janina
> Linux for blind general discussion writes:
> > While a machine coming preloaded with Linux is nice and at least means
> > not having to fight Microsoft's latest attempts to dig their claws in
> > and make nuking the copy of Windows I didn't want and installing Linux
> > harder and means a better than average chance the hardware is fully
> > compatible with Linux and won't require proprietary drivers,
> > personally, the more important issue is whether a machine is
> > configured for optical and/or USB boot out of the box so I can just
> > install whichever distro I want and configure it from scratch without
> > the hassle of tracking down a monitor, a willing sighted assistent,
> > and walking them through the process of fixing the boot order(because
> > as hard as finding a sighted assistant is, finding one who actually
> > knows their way around a BIOS is even harder).
> > 
> > So anyone know if System76 or any other pro-linux PC makers ship
> > systems I can just pop an installation CD/DVD into and run an
> > installer on first boot? Or have all of them followed the mainstream
> > into the insanity of disabling all boottable devices that aren't the
> > primary harddrive or placing them so low in the boot order they'll
> > only boot if the system drive is borked?
> > 
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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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