Re: Is Debian appropriate for accessibility?


Debian can be accessible, but I found I had to build packages from source
to get things working.  What I found was either badly out dated packages
for some things needed for accessibility, or main stream Debian 
simply doesn't have a package for a needed lib or app.
I've had problems getting Orca to work in Main stream Debian, but it
just works in Debian based distros like Ubuntu.
Also, due to Debian's long release cycles, you end up with outdated
software even if you run Debian unstable.  Unstable is still at Gnome
2.14.  Unfortunately, there are accessibility bugs that make Gnome 2.14
not very usable.  The bugs are fixed in Gnome 2.16.

Probably the most important reason I don't spend much time lately trying
to get my main stream Debian box running the latest Gnome and orca is
that attitude I noticed from the main stream Debian developers.  They
don't seem to consider accessibility bugs as important as the Ubuntu
Since access to my system requires a screen reader, I prefer to spend my
time and effort on a Linux distro that considers accessibility


On Mon, Dec 18, 2006 at 08:39:16AM +0100, Jan Buchal wrote:
> Hello,
> I would like briefly reply to frequent notice about Debian and
> Accessibility.
> The core idea in these notes was that most problems with Accessibility
> (orca, gnomespeech...) is in Debian and that will be better if users
> will use another Linux distribution.
> That's sure not true. :-) Debian and other distribution not response for
> quality of separate application. That gnomespeech has not any effective
> log mechanism for example or that orca not works and shows some python
> traceback only. It is nothing opposite to orca but I would like show
> that problems are elsewhere. 
> On Debian works many developers who works in their free time for others.
> Sure all is not perfect in Debian as well as in another distributions.
> Additional, many distributions are based on Debian.
> I would like please all for understanding and accuracy.
> Have you nice day
> -- 
> Jan Buchal
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