[Announce] A new Slint ISO is available with an accessible and a beginner friendly installer

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Fri Feb 12 11:16:07 UTC 2021

Hi all,

A new Slint ISO is available, including an enhanced installer.

This installer is accessible with Braille and speech by default, and now 
provides an 'auto' installation mode. After having selected your sound board
if several are detected, you select the language for installation, 
confirm or
not that you want speech during installation (if yes the installed 
system will
have speech too), then are presented the menu below between "-----" lines:

Welcome to the Slint installer! (version 14.2.1)

Available commands (do not type the quotes):

'doc' to know the features and usage of the installer.
'auto' to start a semi-automatic, guided installation.
'setup' to start a manual installation.

We recommend that you type 'doc' first to prepare a manual installation, 
or if
you want to encrypt the drive where Slint will be installed, or if you 
need to
reduce the size of a partition to make room for Slint alongside another 
When you finish reading this menu will be displayed again.

For folks not at ease with the command line the 'auto' mode allows to 
without typing a Linux command, just answering questions, and includes a
contextual help to answer several of these questions when asked.

Our user Pawel Loba has kindly provided an quick audio walk-through of
installation in 'auto' mode:
Since he recorded it I made a few changes in the installer but you get 
the idea.

The requirements and features of the 'auto' mode are described in:

Beyond a new installer Slint includes most accessibility software: console
screen readers (espeakup, fenrir, speechd-up), Orca for the desktops and of
course Speech-Dispatcher, as well as emacspeak, mumble and more. Several
desktops are installed including Mate (set as by default in 'auto' mode).

Speech is available on the console as in desktops and you don't loose speech
switching between these modes. You can choose to start the system in console
mode and later start Mate or another desktop just typing 'startx', or start
directly on the desktop.

Beyond accessibility Slint now includes distinctive features, like automatic
encryption of the whole drive during installation and setting of two swap
spaces: a swap file and swap in zram, the latter compressing the files 
in RAM
to get an usable space around 1.7 times the size of the physical RAM.
If installing on an SD card or an eMMC drive and F2FS file system is set up.
Slint can also be made portable if installed alone on a removable device.

To register to the Slint mailing list just send an email to:
slint-request at freelists.org
with just in the subject line: subscribe
then answer the reply that you will receive

Links below to know more.

Thanks for having taken the time to read this long message.

Best regards

PS Indeed Slint can be installed alongside Ubuntu or another Linux system.

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