In Over My Head: Blinux
For the past couple of years, I’ve been doing what little I could to assist a friend of mine going blind from Macular Degeneration. The experience has caused me to explore Linux for the Blind, or “Blinux.”
This more than just screen readers and magnification. I took the time to play with the version of Orca bundled with CentOS 5 and it’s quite disappointing when compared to the expensive ZoomText my friend uses. Those who are completely blind have long had better resources, taking advantage of the superiority of Linux on the commandline. If there is ever a real “Brotherhood of the Commandline” it would surely be blind Linux users. Apparently their number one tool is Emacspeak. Having sampled some of the Emacs world, and hating it entirely, I realize I won’t be getting too familiar with Emacspeak. There are other tools, and new ones appear every year, it seems.
There is something about this whole issue which is burned into my soul: