hpr1184 :: Installing Linux without a monitor
Two weeks ago we aired a show about the Sonar Project which is a specialized GNU/Linux distribution to develop and proof accessibility in a modern distribution. This is a test bed and so every single enhancement and discovery will be sent back upstream so that all distributions will be accessible by default.
The Sonar Project show was downloaded a total of 14,219 times so far and yet only 127 people have donated.
So listen along and experience what life is like if you are a blind hacker.
Press PAUSE to hear what it would be like if Jonathan had not done so much work already.
The project is here http://www.indegogo.com/sonar
The project itself can be found here www.sonar-project.org
- ogg: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr1184.ogg
- spx: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr1184.spx
- mp3: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr1184.mp3
Tabbing through 2d laid out forms - is that really the best way to be doing this?
I'm not blind, but back in the day, I was able to use Windows 95 without a screen to do a few simple things, such as change screen resolution. And it's cool that people who do this a lot get really good at it, but most people shouldn't have to install so many times that they'd get really good at using a GUI without being able to see it.
Also on indiegogo the figure of 1 billion people with disabilities is mentioned. Are there really that many people disabled to the point where they need a special operating system? I admire the project and its goals, but is that not overstating the problem unnecessarily?
I apologize if this sounds harsh. I plan on donating and wish the project luck.