Getting Started with linux

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Sun Jan 16 17:31:27 UTC 2022

Howard, my name is Jackie McBride. Note I said the Slint developer is
on this list, & he just popped into this thred. His name is Didier.

I don't really know him, (& that's unfortunate), But I've found him to
be very responsive to those requesting help w/Slint.

I myself don't use it, simply because my work is w/webservers & for
that I exclusively use SSH & CLI. I've been doing that for 11 years
now, but if I were to ever use a Linux desktop, despite my experience
level, Slint would be my first choice, simply because it appears to me
to be the most hassle-free.

YMMV, of course, & I suspect others would disagree, but, from my
experience, beginners who have to struggle a lot w/something often
just say "screw it" & give up. It's especially even more true when
lack of accessibility becomes a factor. I think that's a whole lot
less likely to happen w/a blind user & Slint, simply because the
developer is also blind, so he knows what's required & he really
appears to care a great deal.

On 1/16/22, Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at> wrote:
> Hi,
> my friend Kyle, I bet that just trying Slint (not Slackware) can change your
> opinion about it <smile>.
> It you succeed breaking it, please let me know how, so I know what I should
> enhance and/of fix!
> Cheers,
> Didier
> --
> Didier Spaier
> Slint maintainer
> Le 16/01/2022 à 17:42, Linux for blind general discussion a écrit :
>> Slint is essentially Slackware with a few modifications. I broke Slackware
>> several times, which is actually why I left it early on. It was my first
>> experience with Linux, but I wouldn't say it was my most enjoyable
>> experience. I
>> eventually broke things on purpose in other distributions in order to
>> learn how
>> to fix them, and I guess I can thank Slackware for that LOL. I actually
>> found
>> Red Hat, which became Fedora, to be one of the easiest to use out of the
>> box,
>> and it is kept updated better than Ubuntu, which is arguably one of the
>> easiest
>> of all to use overall. Actually, Arch is great once you get it going, but
>> there
>> is a lot that can break while you're installing, so I don't recommend it
>> for
>> people who just want to see what things look like. My personal
>> recommendations
>> for seeing what things look like and how well they work right out of the
>> box
>> would be either Fedora Live Workstation
>> or the version I personally use: Fedora Mate Compiz
>> Both of these include the Orca screen reader on the iso itself.
>> Workstation
>> allows you to press alt+super+s to start Orca on the desktop, and
>> MATE-Compiz
>> starts it by pressing alt+f2 and entering
>> orca
>> in the run window that pops up. Either way, the installer is fairly easy
>> to use,
>> and I have successfully installed both to a hard drive and to a USB thumb
>> drive
>> without breaking anything. You can of course "try before you buy," just
>> like you
>> can with Ubuntu, meaning that you have full access to the system without
>> installing to anything at all, and then if you decide you do want to
>> install,
>> you just start the installer and set it up according to your needs.
>> That said, Fedora and Ubuntu both have very large and helpful user bases,
>> and
>> community support is far easier to get when you need help. Ubuntu probably
>> has
>> the largest user base of all, and this is a good thing for those people
>> who are
>> getting started. I cannot overestimate the benefit of broad and diverse
>> community support, and both Fedora and Ubuntu offer such support owing to
>> their
>> large numbers of users and their willingness to help each other. So based
>> on
>> this alone, I would recommend either Fedora or Ubuntu over just about
>> anything
>> else, and Fedora is my personal choice due to its frequent software
>> updates even
>> in a release.
>> ~Kyle
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