Has anyone gotten i3 accessible yet? or is there a better option besides ratpoison, which is great, btw

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Wed Feb 9 19:34:41 UTC 2022

I've had success with Strychnine set up to start LXDE or XFCE instead of 
Ratpoison, but i3/Stumpwm/Sway seem to not work nicely with Orca. THe 
memory usage for LXDE/Ratpoison seem, at least for me, similarish enough.
Okay LXDE has issues but it is lighter than Mate, LXQT's a little 
heavier and needs a bit more tweaking and XFCE's another option, even if 
personally I don't like XFCE's menu layout.

See if I  could miror Ratpoison's jump to a window with mod4+number 
setup, I'd be set, out of the box without a ton of fiddlingsimilarish,

On 2/9/22 17:09, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> I think the solution is to get xfce accessible and combined with ratpoison
> and strychnine on some of this old hardware there might be room for orca
> to work well.
> On Wed, 9 Feb 2022, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>> I think the point of wanting an accessible ratpoison, i3, etc. setup
>> is that Gnome and Mate are both fairly hefty environments in terms of
>> resource usage, and Orca, if you'll pardon the pun, is a whale of a
>> resource user itself while these alternative window managers are
>> designed to be as lightweight as their creators could manage.
>> One of Linux's appeals is breathing new life into old hardware, and
>> there are many machines that would choke on modern Windows and could
>> handle either Gnome/Mate or Orca, but can't handle both Gnome/Mate and
>> Orca and still have enough resources left over for running apps with
>> acceptable performance. And since the only real alternative to Orca is
>> ditch the GUI and do everything in the console, the focus for putting
>> an accessible desktop on old machines tends to be onstripping out
>> unused parts of the desktop environment and switching the vital
>> components to lighter weight alternatives.
>> Also, as its name suggests, ratpoison is built from the ground up with
>> a keyboard-only, no mouse setup in mind, and blind users tend to fall
>> into the category of users who don't like using a mouse.
>> Anyways, I myself am using the fast, light window manager(flwm)... but
>> I can't really speak to its accessibility since my setup doesn't
>> include anything remotely resembling a full desktop. Firefox is the
>> only graphical application I use and I launch it via a script I did
>> not write and understand next to nothing of how it works that
>> basically gives me Firefox+orca running as a kiosk on top of
>> flwm(though, while a true kiosk would prevent closing Firefox, on my
>> setup, closing firefox ends the xsession and drops back to the
>> console. The script uses compiz as its default Window manager, but
>> changing which window manager it uses is the one thing I've figured
>> out, and flwm was just the smallest window manager I tried that worked
>> as a drop in replacement... and even then, Firefox+Orca are such a
>> Behemoth and Leviathan combo that some websites(or having many tabs
>> open) slow my 4GB Ram, i7 20-something-hundred machine to a crawl(My
>> system drive being platter based probably doesn't help matters
>> either).
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