Posts Tagged ‘accessibility’
- Apologies for the delays in releasing new episodes.
- This episode is an interview with Jonathan Nadeau of Frostbite Systems and a user of the Linux screen-reading program, Orca.
- Orca is a screen reading program integrated with the Gnome desktop. It’s available for most Linux distributions.
- Russ and Jonathan discuss how a sight-impaired individual might install Linux. There are a couple of Linux distributions that have screen-reader support during the installation: Talking Arch Linux and Vinux.
- Speakup is another accessibility tool, but one that speaks the command line.
- Vinux is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution with Orca built-in, allowing a sight-impaired individual to install it from the CD. Vinux is the distribtion Frostbite Systems normally installs for it’s sight-impaired customers.
- Slackware has a Speakup kernel, and more distributions are including the Speakup module as well. Several distributions can be installed using Speakup. Some instructions are available at the Speakup site.
- Russ mentioned the Quick Learning Techies Show (QLTS) that also occasionally discusses accessibility issues.
- Jonathan discusses the pros and cons of Vinux, as well as his concerns about it being Ubuntu-based.
- Richard asks Jonathan for more details about how Vinux talks a new user through the install.
- If the application is GTK-based, it will likely work with Orca; if it’s QT-based, it probably won’t work with Orca.
- Ted’s software (WA0EIR), including PSK31LX, works via ssh, so the programs are controllable from the command line and would work with the Speakup module.
- Meanwhile, Russ attempts to install Orca during the show.
- Jonathan mentions another podcast he does, This Week in Fedora, and says there is an amateur radio Fedora spin. (I could not find a link to a specific spin of Fedora for amateur radio, but there is a Special Interest Group. -Ed.)
- Frostbite Systems sells desktops and laptops with Linux pre-installed. Customers can choose from Debian, Fedora, Linux Mint, OpenSuse, Ubuntu and Vinux. A portion of each sale is donated back to the distribution chosen.
- Russ asks Jonathan about the hardware he uses in Frostbite systems. All of the laptops/notebooks have all-Intel hardware, while some desktops have nVidia video cards. All are completely Linux-compatible.
- Russ then examines the specifications of some of the Frostbite computers.
- Jonathan also produces several podcasts through Frostbite Media:
- Frostcast: interviews with project leaders of various GNU/Linux and Free/Open Source projects.
- This week in Fedora: interviews with people involved with the Fedora project.
- This week in Debian: interviews with people within the Debian community.
- Orcacast is on hiatus, but should resume in the not too distant future.
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Welcome to Episode #059 of Linux in the Ham Shack. On this edition, we talk with Jonathan Nadeau of Frostbite Systems about Linux for the sight impaired. Jonathan, being a blind Linux user, has overcome many challenges when it comes to using his favorite operating system and he shares with us the ins and outs of accessibility on Linux systems. There is a Linux distribution dedicated to blind users called Vinux, along with an accessible version of Arch called Talking Arch. Even newer versions of Slackware are jumping on the bandwagon with a Speakup enabled installation kernel.
This is also the first episode of LHS with a blooper reel left in at the end. Listen all the way to the last so you don’t miss out on any of the fun. Many thanks to Jonathan for his time and expertise, and many thanks to our listeners for making our show so fun to do.
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