Re: Vibuntu 1.0 - Ubuntu for the visually impaired!
Vibuntu uses the same Gnome desktop as the Ubuntu 8.10 release but with the preconfiguration of accessibility software. Although using a command line is probably easier than navigating GUI's for someone who is a fairly competant IT user, beginners and people moving over from windows find it very confusing. Also from an educational point of view, having a GUI makes it much easier for someone to teach a VI learner how to use a computer because they can see where the focus is and where the learner needs to get to etc. There is nothing to stop you using Vibuntu completely from the terminal of course. But I will try to include a terminal based screen-reader like yasr or speakup in the next version so you can spend the whole session in a virtual terminal setup by pressing Ctrl+Alt+(F1-F6) once Vibuntu is running.(Press Ctrl+Alt+F7 to return to the GUI session)
Originally Posted by djringjr
The rationale behind Vibuntu is to create a single OS that both sighted and visually impaired users can use rather than expecting VI users to use an OS and/or applications that are unfamiliar to the general population and therefore only serve to further ostracise the visually impaired from the community at large.
Thanks for the feedback, I completely understand your point of view, because some of the VI learners I work with are competent hackers at the command line. However the vast majority are not and just want to do simple things like write text, send e-mails and browse the net which isn't that difficult using a GUI based screen-reader and a few keyboard shortcuts etc.