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

Balaram chess.balaram at gmail.com
Tue Mar 12 00:43:48 UTC 2013

This was my reply to the mumbai team.
I am  using vinux which is based on Ubuntu 11.04.
There are  many features which your new release  hasn't got.
for example, monitor toggle.
This feature allows us to turn off the monitor at our wish.
Volume control.
Insert+ page up, page down ETC.
Again, Insert+a will speak the battery status, insert+t time, and 
insert+d date.
So many of those.
I don't understand why we are wasting time on those things on which 
people have already worked.
Hope, instead of getting offended, we will be able to think the right way.
Best regards,

P. Balaraman.

On 12/03/13 05:58, Rob Whyte wrote:
> Hi,
> 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.
> http://www.cdacmumbai.in/design/corporate_site/override/pdf-doc
> 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
> together.
> 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
> releaseNotes_GNULinuxForVC_0.1.1r
> 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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