Why do you use Linux? expanded from Converting text to mp3

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Thu Jan 27 08:04:25 UTC 2022


I have computer from 2003. I got Windows XP and Window-eyes 
screenreader. After 5 years I had Windows XP again and Winmonitor, Czech 
screenreader. I tried all screenreaders - Jaws, Dolphin Screenreader 
(formerly Hal). Combination Hal and NVDA was the best for me. In 2009 
i've first meet linux, edition Blindubuntu. After two years, in 2011, my 
computer instructor show me linux, Ubuntu 11.04. It was really super and 
I've installed and set linux on my laptop. But Ubuntu 11.04 had many 
bugs, many times Orca didn't speak, so I've switched to Vinux 3.2 and 
without any bugs. But at school they wanted me to switch back to Windows 
due to programming in Visualstudio 2012, which wasn't on linux. So I had 
to format my computer and install Windows back. In 2012 one my friend 
called me, he bought Macbook Air and it's really fine. I've bought 
Macbook pro 13 and was comfortable. But I had to have virtual machine 
for programming in Visualbasic. When my Macbook was broken - motherboard 
and HDD, I've switched back to Windows. But Windows was sluggysh, it 
crashed many times per month and I had to reinstall it with sighted 
assistance. When Windows crashed me threetimes for three days, I was 
really angry, with help of my friend formatted disk and installed Ubuntu 
14.04, but not comfortable. My friend found Vinux and installed it to my 
laptop and I was comfortable. Now I have linux for many years, since 
September 2015 and I am comfortable. Sometimes I am thinking to buy Mac 
due to writing Word documents or working better with some web sites, but 
Mac is expensive for me. So I've installed Cloud ready to my old laptop 
and I can work better with less accessible web sites.

Since summer 2020 I have Raspberry Pi 4B, Ubuntu Mate 20.04 and I am 
comfortable. I don't use desktop or laptop, only sometimes Hypra laptop, 
which I have since May 2019. I am not programmer, only user of linux, 
but I am comfortable with that. I know linux has bugs, but everything 
has bugs, something more, something less.

Best regards


Dne 27. 01. 22 v 3:59 Linux for blind general discussion napsal(a):
> Hi Karen-and-thanks for an introspective topic. My road to Linux was a 
> slow transition. I had my first PC with DOS6 from 1994-97. Got windows95 
> so I would have an easier time playing mp3s, which were fairly new at 
> that time. The concept of just being able to mash enter on a highlighted 
> file to play was appealing. But a majority of the time I was stilling 
> going to a DOS prompt to get in to a shell account to read mail in what 
> was then pine. In 2003 once the late Bill Acker helped set me up with 
> DecPC drivers, we tried a duel boot system, including first Redhat9 and 
> later Fedora. Because there were so many anoying issues with those 
> DecTalk drivers, I found myself going back to windows where DecTalk 
> sounded great. Maybe early 2005 got either a newer pc and certainly a 
> USB DecTalk, which I still have. 1 night in 2006 a friend from 
> HighSchool was here, I tried playing him a Weird Al video, but each time 
> Windows Media Player would lockup. I finally just went back in 
> Linux-and-played him an audio version. Next time we went from Fedora 6 
> to 9 we practicly had a ceremony when we got rid of windows forever. In 
> 2010 with needing a new PC, I switched to Debian, as they have more of 
> the latest packages.
> In 2006 I got involved with a local Linux LUG, where I occasionally 
> received many hours of valuable asistance-and-even sometimes I was able 
> to help.
> Even though I have many struggles with web-sites which I cannot access 
> because of the javascript disease, I am still willing to stick with 
> Linux, as once its setup, it is a comfortable envirenment.
> I have a Chromebook which I almost exclusively only attend Zoom 
> meetings, as far as I know, no1 has  written any commandline scripts to 
> run Zoom in a non-graphical setting. I also have a Mac but have not 
> really looked in to classes at an Apple store, but at least all of these 
> machines have Linux I can run.
> Just last evening I was trying to help my Wife in windows7 but its 
> practicly a foreign language now from win98.
> And lastly Karen, Linux provides me so much customization. I have 24 
> text consoles. My Linux expert wrote me software to play-and-record 
> streams with 4 sound-cards. I think I recorded maybe 10 streams at a 
> time-and-later edited them, as well as ajusting levels. So I have `much 
> flexibility in Linux-and-am `really happy here at nearly 70 next month. 
> Thanks so much for listening
> Chime
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