[orca-list] Ubuntu 12.10 and beyond, Unity 2D will no longer be maintained.

Alex Midence alex.midence at gmail.com
Wed May 9 21:58:25 UTC 2012

Hi, Luke,

Do you or, for that matter, any of the other members on this list know if the terminal is accessible from Unity 3d?  If so, all someone would have to do if they want to keep up with the latest developments would be to install gnome shell or, who knows, even KDE by that time using the terminal.  That way, you aren't stuck in the lts's and can take advantage of other accessibility fixes that come about in gnome itself where the developers of a particular app fix something that was making their app non Orca friendly.  

Alex M

-----Original Message-----
From: orca-list-bounces at gnome.org [mailto:orca-list-bounces at gnome.org] On Behalf Of Luke Yelavich
Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2012 4:26 PM
To: Orca-list at gnome.org; Ubuntu Accessibility Mailing List
Subject: [orca-list] Ubuntu 12.10 and beyond, Unity 2D will no longer be maintained.

Hi all,
So as some of you may have heard, Canonical has plans to stop maintaining unity 2D in future development cycles. This makes sense because spending double the resources trying to keep 2 desktops in feature parity is a lot of work, and those resources can be used much better elsewhere. The downside of course, is accessibility. Unity 3D accessibility still needs some work to get to feature parity with Unity 2D, but once this work is done, it shouldn't be a problem keeping things working in the future.

So, i will be working on improving Unity 3D accessibility in the future development cycles. I am not going to promise that it will be done by 12.10, although I would like it to be, but thats not my goal. My goal is to get Unity 3D accessibility ready for 14.04 LTS.

I feel that unless you really understand how to get set up, and unbreak your system, and deal with accessibility bugs, you should stick to the ubuntu LTS releases. Once Vinux 4 gets released, there will be a distro based on Ubuntu LTS, that will be kept up to date with all the latest in accessibility fixes, so that you don't need to keep updating to the interim Ubuntu releases, and risk breaking your usable system.

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