I do not know where to post this message. I posted this on the Ubuntu Facebook page, and I will post it below as well. If you know of someone who could influence this for the better, please share it with them. I am just a distraught user with a small voice, but I hope that someone hears me.
I am not writing this message with any ill intent, and I certainly do not at all wish to seem irate.
I do not know if this will be seen by anyone who can make a difference, but I want to leave a message here just in case.
I am a former low-vision Ubuntu user. Ubuntu has a very special place in my heart; it was the first Linux distribution which I came to know and love as a solid, stable alternative to proprietary alternatives on the market. Ubuntu is what I used throughout my college career. It is the operating system which I wanted to stick with for the long-haul.
Over the past two years, I have been put in Linux Limbo. When I first started using Ubuntu, I began to work with the Compiz Window Manager's eZoom plugin which allowed me to literally magnify my screen, making it so that I could fully access my system. Things were wonderful. Unity came into the picture, and I was excited to try out a new desktop environment. I felt that Unity was a wonderful environment in which to work. The eZoom plugin for Compiz worked very well in Unity 2D, but not so well at all in Unity 3D. Then the bad news came about: Unity 2D was being discontinued.
You have a very elegant operating system, but myself as well as many other visually impaired users have been tossed out. For the past two years, I have been living in Linux Limbo. I know that there are distributions for blind users out there, but I am the only blind member in my family, and I would rather use Ubuntu.
It was brought to my attention that there may not be a magnifier in upcoming versions of Ubuntu.
I am not writing this as an advocate for the visually impaired community (but there are many who are very disappointed in what is going on in the area of accessibility within Ubuntu), but rather as a saddened and concerned user. I felt at home using Ubuntu, but now it seems as though there is nothing to come back to.
You have some wonderful people who work with you who want to make Ubuntu accessible, but they have very limited resources. I am writing today to kindly and humbly ask you if you would please do something about this. There are visually impaired individuals around the world who truly depend on Ubuntu because ti is solid and user-friendly, but they have no idea where to go because they are being left behind.
Would you please stop for a moment and consider these users, of which I am one, who cannot afford proprietary assistive technologies, and who have stuck with your operating system because of the philosophy which it once stood for--"humanity toward others"
I believe that innovation is a wonderful thing. Thee is so much technology out there that can be used to make your operating system accessible to the blind. Please do not let it go to waste.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you know someone who could make a difference in bringing Ubuntu back to us blind users, would you please share this with them.