State of accessibility on BSD systems

Alex Snow alex_snow at
Sat Sep 20 11:21:53 EDT 2008

I was able to install netbsd without sited assistence a while back, 
and I believe there is a way to do this with freebsd.  All I did was 
use a serial console, with Minicom under linux.
On Sat, Sep 20, 2008 at 
02:40:56AM -0700, Tony Baechler wrote:
> Cleverson wrote:
> >Is there any blind user that uses FreeBSD for personal dayly
> >productivity?
> >Is it possible to install it without sighted assistance?
> >  
> Hi,
> I used to use FreeBSD often until the power supply fried.  It was 
> impossible to install without sighted help.  Once installed, I had to 
> access it with ssh.  There are supposed to be screen readers that work 
> under BSD but they didn't work for me.  You might have better luck with 
> Gnome as they offer it in the ports collection and I think they include 
> Orca.  In general, FreeBSD isn't even close to being accessible.  That's 
> a real shame because it would be nice for blind people to have a choice 
> and it is better at some things than Linux.  I also prefer the BSD 
> license but that's another discussion.  If you can get sighted help and 
> don't mind doing everything with ssh, it's fine and works as well as 
> Linux with ssh.  If you want to actually use the console, forget it.
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