"every time I say something they find hard to hear they chalk it up to my anger and never to their own fear" Ani Difranco: I'm Not A Pretty Girl 1995 Nimer M. Jaber The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this in error, please contact the sender via reply e-mail, and delete the material from any computer. Website: http://www.empowertheblind.org Phone: (720) (251-4530) -------- Original Message -------- Subject: [accessiblelinux] We've all been busy, check this out Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 16:35:33 -0400 From: Storm Dragon <stormdragon2976@xxxxxxxxx> Reply-To: accessiblelinux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx To: Accessible Linux <accessiblelinux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Hi,This is going to be a bit of a long message. We've all been busy with in the last 24 hours. What do we have to show for it? First, there is a new version of Vinux. Here's the release announcement:
I am happy to announce the release of Vinux 1.4! Vinux a free and open source operating system which has been optimised for visually impaired users. It is based on the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution and built around the Orca screen-reader/magnifier. It is designed to boot your computer, log you in automatically and then start up the Orca screen-reader with Braille support. Full-screen magnification can then be activated with a simple keystroke. New Features for 1.4! Security: Unlike previous versions Vinux 1.4 has been built from scratch using the Ubuntu 'mini.iso' 10MB network installation which means it contains all of the latest packages and security patches as of the day of release. Audible Boot Prompt: The Live CD now sounds the system bell three times when the boot prompt appears on the screen, which then gives you thirty seconds to type in any cheatcodes or boot options you require. e.g. typing 'textonly' will boot into console only mode, you can then type 'yasr' to start a console based screen-reader. Braille Displays: The Live CD now supports a wide variety of serial Braille displays in edition to the automatic detection of USB Braille displays. In order to use a serial Braille display or a USB Braille display with a different language table you simply have to type in a short code at the boot prompt. e.g. 'alde' for an Alva Serial display using the German language table, or 'alude' for an Alva USB display using the german language table. There are a full list of cheatcodes included in the 'cheatcodes_braille_displays.txt' on the CD. By default Vinux supports USB Braille displays using the en_uk language table. Talking Login Screen: Once installed espeak will now ask you to enter your username and password when the login screen is loaded providing you do not enable autologin during the installation process. It will not however echo what you type, but if you enter the wrong username and/or password you will be asked to enter them again. It is important that youshould not enable autologin if you are using a wifi connection as the keyring
manager workaround detailed below depends upon a manual login to work!Keyring Manager Workaround: Vinux now includes a workaround of sorts for the
keyring manager which is currently inaccessible with Orca. We have set up apre-configured keyring password 'vinux' which is retained on both the Live CD
and a full install. This means that when you try to connect to a wifi network and Orca stops speaking when the keyring manager password dialog box opens, you simply have to type 'vinux' into this box and as long as autologin is not enabled you will never have to enter the keyring password again. Lynx Fix: Lynx, Netrik and Firefox now use a local copy of the vinux.org.uk homepage as their starting URL's by default which means that you can open the broswers without problems whether you have an active internet connection or not. Menu Entries for Console Applications: I have added menu entries for some of the extra console based applications provided in Vinux. This is to enable beginners who may not know the names of these applications or their way around the console to find and experiment with them more easily. Download Vinux 1.4 - http://vinux.org.uk/downloads/old/1.4/Vinux-1.4.isoCheck md5sum - http://vinux.org.uk/downloads/old/1.4/Vinux-1.4.iso.md5sum.txt
Vinux Homepage - http://vinux.org.uk/index.php Full lists of all of the Keybindings for Vinux, Orca, Gnome and Yasr can be found in the Vinux folder in the the home directory. Credits: I would like to thank Osvaldo La Rosa for all his hard work in providing the audible beeps and the Braille display cheatcodes, and David Knight for suggesting the workaround for the keyring manager bug! drbongo 24/03/2009 Next, there's a preliminary version of Open Sapi. Here's the info: Hey All,Please note the code is incomplete but works, details on the wiki are incomplete please ask questions join in and help out.
The wiki for the Open SAPI project now has details on how to setup a development enviroment to get the SAPI engine running under wine. This will run with speech-dispatcher and orca, not brilliantly and ever so buggy but it is a work in progress.
It will only get better with your input. I have had the system running very nicely but during a rework i have managed to introduce some bugs.
http://groups.google.com/group/open-sapi Any help is welcome, wiki writers, developers, SAPI engine owners.I know it does not work brilliantly at the moment so please do not reply with "it does not work". Any constructive feedback is welcomed.
Please post this to any other sites, mailing lists and forums where people might be interested especially other distros and Mac.
TomFinally, version 1.5 of orca-customizations.py is ready. Now it includes an import updates function so opening the terminal to get a new version will no longer be required after this installation. The default key binding is orca+v. I had meant to use orca+shift+c but this would not work with laptop layout.
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