blind_html Fwd: [VINUX] Did Nostradamus Predict the Release of Vinux 1.5?

  • From: Nimer Jaber <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blind_html@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 16:24:17 -0600

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Subject:        [VINUX] Did Nostradamus Predict the Release of Vinux 1.5?
Date:   Fri, 10 Apr 2009 12:26:20 -0700 (PDT)
From:   drbongo <tony.sales@xxxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To:       vinux-development@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
To:     The Vinux Development Forum <vinux-development@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

No he didn't! But if he had he might have predicted some of the
following features for the next version of your favourite accessible
open-source operating system:

The installation and configuration of Speech-Dispatcher as the default
speech system for Orca and Espeak without the loss of multi-channel
sound facilities.

The addition of LinuxSpeaks and Emacspeak as two alternative x-
terminal or purely console based audio desktops for the beginner and
advanced user respectively.

The reconfiguration of YASR to use the Festival speech synthesizer by
default to provide a higher quality emergency backup screen-reader for
the x-terminal or the console.

The installation of accessibility toolbars and plugins for Firefox
which allow the user to tweak the layout, fonts and colours of the
internet on the fly.

The installation of xcalib and configuration of xbindkeys to provide
colour inversion as well as the ability to change the brightness,
contrast and RGB colours of the x display without using Orca or

A larger  font and higher contrast theme for the Gnome desktop by
default as well as the  inclusion of extra accessibility themes and

Support for the Spanish, French, German, Dutch and Flemish languages
and keyboard layouts out of the box.

Mousekeys will be enabled out of the box  which will allow a user to
the mouse pointer using the numpad arrow keys

The addition of an autorun.inf file to load a html guide on booting
and installing
Vinux if placed in a Windows machine.

The addition of NVDA, Firefox and a few other windows based open-
applications for Windows users to try out.

The enabling of all of the advanced text editing plugins for Gedit by

If possible the replacement of the default Ubuntu usplash, boot splash
GDM login theme with more accessible alternatives.

A choice of gnome-terminal with more accessible colour schemes and
font sizes.

The inclusion of more simple document convertor scripts like antiword
pdftotext etc to enable the conversion of proprietary document formats
into plain text.

The reorganisation of the Vinux menus so that there are seperate
for console based applications instead of integrating them into the
existing menus.

The creation of zenity dialogue boxes to enable a simple gui interface
terminal scripts that require user input and/or arguments to run.

The inclusion of bookmarks for useful Linux/Accessibility websites and
services in
Firefox, Lynx and Netrik by default.

The enabling of all supported Ubutu repositories including those which
non-free and/or restricted packages, although none of these will be
included on the CD/DVD.

A list of useful terminal commands provided by default in the bash
history file to
make it easier for beginners to start exploring the Linux terminal.

An update to StormDragon's latest version of the Orca script
 which makes the time, date, battery and weather information available
from Orca.

In the very distant future I am also planning to experiment with
making Vinux based on
Xubuntu with the light but GTK enabled desktop and Debian Lenny 5.0 to
see what
advantages or disadvantages can be gained.

That's All Folks!

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