Posts Tagged ‘opensuse’
- 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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In this episode, we address listener feedback and comments, and then in a burst of inspiration invite listeners from the chat room to come onto the program for a lively and very fun roundtable discussion. Topics were varied, from portable antenna design, to life without Red Bull; from the HAARP VLF array in Alaska to D-STAR, PACTOR and other digital ham radio communication modes. And since I was on meds and Richard was off his, things got a little crazy towards the end.
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