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Linux, a very powerful but still almost unknown environment for vision-impaired

Apr 23, 2010, 01:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

[ Thanks to M. Fioretti for this link. ]

"Back in 2006, I wrote that the Free Software community and disabled users must learn to communicate and invited Free Software developers to do their part. Last week I interviewed Tony Baechler, an active member of the Blinux mailing list, to check how things are going in 2010, and to know more about a very interesting project for Linux vision-impaired users he's trying to launch.

"Stop: Tony, how are you using Linux?

"Tony: I primarily use Linux in a server environment, but as time goes on, I'm using it for more routine tasks. I almost always use the shell as a matter of choice. I still use Windows for many things like email. I prefer Debian but I've also looked at Ubuntu, Slackware and FreeBSD.

"Stop: What are the Linux features you personally like the most?

"Tony: Of course the cost and the fact that it's so much more stable and faster than Windows. I don't have to plan on a daily reboot! Another thing that drew me to Linux was the Speakup screen reader. For the first time ever, Speakup allowed me to hear every message on the console from boot to shutdown. That's impossible with Windows because of its proprietary nature. If Windows is having a bad day, your screen reader won't load and you have no idea what's going on. In Linux, Speakup even reads kernel panics, so I know exactly what went wrong. To me, that's real power!"

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