Wonderful news from Freedom Scientific

  • From: "Amadan Aibreann" <amadan.aibreann@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2008 21:09:23 +0100


I was delighted on visiting the Freedom Scientific website to find the announcement that FS has released their flagship product "JAWS for Windows" under the GNU General Public License, version 3. I think this is a great step forward for Freedom Scientific and I would like to be the first to welcome them to the 21st century. This brave step of releasing JAWS as free software will revolutionize the state of the assistive technology industry.

I downloaded the source tarball so that I could get hacking on it straight away! Some of the code is quite crufty in places but I'm sure it will get tidied up fairly quickly now that there are many eyes (figuratively speaking) on the code.
I did notice something very unusual however:
Some of the code is written in COBOL!
I can only speculate that this is due to FS employing some blind developers after they were made redundant after all the Y2K work dried up.

Best regards

Amadan Aibreann

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