[u-a-dev] ALViC- Accessible Linux for Visually Challenged Release

Rob Whyte fudge at thefudge.net
Tue Mar 12 00:28:18 UTC 2013

I was in contact with this team when they released their last BETA.
I provided technical feedback and advice.
Requested that Vinux be given the credit it deserves as this is a very
close reflection of Vinux and uses many of its scripts.
The team was happy to add a small paragraph to their documentation.
I can not find such credit in new documentation.

I am disappointed that there has been funding given to this team to do
basically the same thing that the Vinux community has already done, that
this team has not contacted Vinux directly to combine resources or work

For such a small community how do each of us expect to be taken
seriously by major projects if we are continually fracturing.

I move that all of these projects select a representative and have a
meeting to calibrate.
Let us use our resources together and use our commonalities to achieve
our end targets with a larger force behind us.
If any such project takes accessibility for the visually impaired
community seriously?
Would like a global voice or committee forged?
 please contact me.

This is just my personal opinion though I feel it is shared by many.

Thank you for reading my rant.

I can be contacted on rob.whyte at thefudge.net or rob at vinuxproject.org

Kindest regards
Rob Whyte


On 11/03/13 17:52, OSSD CDAC Mumbai wrote:
> Dear Sir / Madam...
> Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) is very glad to
> inform you all that *ALViC- Accessible Linux for Visually
> Challenged* version0.1.2 is released on 11th February, 2013 in New
> Delhi, India. ALViC is a complete desktop environment which provides a
> comprehensive solution for Visually Challenged users. This is a
> GNU/Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 10.04; and uses Orca 3.2.0
> xdesktop screen reader as the main interaction mechanism for visually
> challenged users. They can use it out of the box because accessibility
> features suitable for fully blind as well as for partially blind users
> are enabled by default. 
> *
> Main Features of ALViC-0.1.2:*
>   * Free and open source desktop environment
>   * Enhanced Orca with skim read, sentence navigation, list shortcut and
>     structural navigation of text documents
>   * PDF documents made accessible in Linux environment
>   * Easy navigation and search facility on Desktop icon view
>   * Accessible login for visually challenged users
>   * Suitable desktop themes for partial blind
>   * Other assistive tools like OCRFeeder, Audio book converter, Emerson
>     DAISY reader, sound converter etc. useful for visually challenged
>     users are also included.
> Download ALViC-0.1.2 (ISO file) from here
> <http://nrcfoss.cdacmumbai.in/access/ALViC-0.1.2.iso> .
> For more details, visit the link ALViC-0.1.2.
> <http://www.cdacmumbai.in/alvic>
> We request all to try out ALViC-0.1.2 and send your feedback and
> suggestions on ossd[at]cdac[dot]in
> Thanks and regards
> For Accessibility Team
> CDAC, Mumbai
> 022-27565303

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