FYI - Command Line Programs for the Blind

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Thu Apr 14 00:18:01 UTC 2022

To be fair, Chime...deaf isn't binary, no sound or all sounds. It's a range just like blindness however so I get why the question about audio, but it's not really my place to go how deaf are you. That's insensitive, just as asking anyone on here how blind are you.

Aftr all, I know the popular idea is oh, I'm blind, or oh I'm deaf, but there's a whole range within that category though.

For audio, you have choices...

Pulseaudio, which is, as far as I understand it, the legacy and one that's been around for ages and ages, and Pipewire, the replacement. I've had a lot of issues with Pipewire and virtual machines, and I'd argue Pipewire's still too raw for the majority of Linux folks to use unless they are the super leet hax0r types that feel okay doing a ton of stuff that's way, way above power user levels.*

Plus, Pulseaudio, in my experience at least using a fairly standard USB headset and earbuds in a 3.5mm jack...ust works out of the box on distros.

* It may have changed and become more stable. I'm not sure. I defaulted to Pulse on my Arch box because I didn't want to go in and test out if Pipewire works with my hardware setup...whereas Pulse just worked right away with no fuss bar me accidentally messing up device selection one time

On Wed, Apr 13, 2022 at 05:03:59PM -0700, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Well, for an individual who is Deaf/Blind? You were asking about audio? I
> would think you would only require Braille support?
> Chime
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