Talking Tux – linux for the blind – introduction

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Tučňák mluví / Talking Tux

What comes to your mind when you hear Linux? You imagine screens filled with weird streams of text, which can be understood only by computer gurus? Vildly looking young man sitting behind a terminal, breaking into the most secret places on the internet? And what about fast and secure operating system, which can match up against today’s commercial operating system like Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X? And it’s for free. A lot of traffic has passed through internet since times, when Linux could be used only by professionals or service providers.

I can hear you saying: “Well, that’s nice, but as my memory goes, there hasn’t been any accessibility in Linux. And if there was, it wouldn’t work. That’s of no use to me”. That’s wrong. I have worked with Linux for more than a year and I use it as my primary operating system. I wrote and published this text on Linux.

Maybe you would like to try something new? Do you think that prices of operating systems and assystive software are too high? Do you feel like being controlled or restricted by some big company? What about giving Linux a try? I’ll try to help you in this small series. It will be aimed mainly at visually impaired people, but everyone will find a piece of useful information in it.

Talking Tux – what is his place in the zoo?

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Tučňák mluví / Talking Tux

Welcome to the second part of this series about penguins. Today, I’ll explain tto you some significant differences between penguin and other animals, such as feared M$. What? What do you say? Ahh, you came here to learn something about Linux? Yes, that’s right, you found the right www address. The penguin is mascot of Linux since its beginning and M$ is rather mocking nick name for Microsoft (MS). Well, I should stop joking and move on, right?

I’m going to talk mainly about differences between Ubuntu (and it’s derivative for disabled people called Vinux) and Microsoft Windows systems, primarily Windows XP, because I worked with this operating system for several years and it is the latest system that I have experience with. Concerning graphical environment, I’m going to talk mainly about Gnome 2, because this is the most accessible in terms of Linux. Let’s go!

Talking Tux – showing what he can do for you

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Tučňák mluví / Talking Tux

After a longer break caused mainly by my studies at the Masaryk university, I am right back with another episode of this series about Linux accessibility for visually impaired people. If you haven’t read my previous articles in this series, I strongly recommend you to do so, because I assume that you already know information contained in them.

In this part, I am going to introduce you the Unity desktop environment, which is default in Ubuntu 12.04. I say default, because in Linux you can usually choose from several options and desktop environments aren’t exception. Another desktop environments, which are accessible are Gnome Shell, which improved its accessibility in Ubuntu 12.10 and good old Gnome 2, which you might know from previous distributions (Ubuntu 10.10 and is now known as Gnome classic). I am going to cover mainly Unity 2D here. Unity 3D should be very similar, but it lacks some accessibility of its 2D brother.