Switching to Linux

Tony Baechler tony at baechler.net
Thu May 9 03:27:07 EDT 2013

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What changes did you have to make to your daily routine when you made the
switch?  I already use Firefox and Thunderbird here, but I'm still
primarily on XP.  I use my Linux server daily, but I purposely haven't put
X on it.  I have a small 10 GB installation of Debian unstable with X and
experimental, but Orca fails to work, or at least I don't have speech when
I try to start it.  Speakup, of course, works great.  I pretty much had
the same bad experiences with Orca as other people and I didn't try to do
anything fancy.  In fact, Vinux crashed almost constantly in Orca but not
Speakup.  I had to use a Speakup console to kill my Orca session and
reboot.  I read on the Debian accessibility list to enable experimental to
bring in the latest Orca improvements, but it didn't seem to help.  If
anything, it made things worse as I had a constant stream of broken
packages.  Now that Wheezy is out, I'll try again one of these days
soon-ish.  I'm not worried about moving my profiles over from Windows, but
I'm more wondering about changes made from an accessibility point of view.
 In other words, if someone with little to no Linux experience (not me,
but someone else) wanted to make the full-time switch to Orca, how well
could it be done and what adjustments would they have to make compared to
doing things the Windows way?

On 5/8/2013 10:57 AM, John G. Heim wrote:
> Huh, you're the second person in this thread to say that about orca.
> But I just decided to switch to linux full time a few months ago and it
> was pretty much a breeze.  I had been using that other operating system
> too but almost all the end users I support use linux (all good
> mathematicians do).  So I felt I was cheating by not using linux. But I
> have had little to no trouble switching to linux with orca. I use
> thunderbird & firefox constantly. It's not quite as good as
> Windows/jaws but honestly, I made the transition fairly easily.
> I am really shocked to hear all these complaints about orca. Not to
> doubt you. It's just   that it doesn't jibe with my experience at all.
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