Installing Linux, was Re: introduction

Glenn / Lenny gervin at
Thu Mar 17 15:25:40 UTC 2016

Hi All,
I have found that when Orca stops talking during an install of Linux, I can make it work by threatening to exit with alt + F4
Then I press escape to cancel the cancellation of the install, and it is back to talking.
I hope this helps others.

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Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:18:58 -0400 (EDT)
From: Jude DaShiell <jdashiel at>
To: Daniel Crone <quirky.wizard at>,
ubuntu-accessibility at
Subject: Re: introduction
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I have vinux5 installed which runs unity and found out thunderbird and 
unity don't like each other very much.  I was able to enter my gmail 
credentials and get to the inbox using I think it was shift-f10 inside 
of thunderbird but haven't got email down for reading yet.  I may have 
to install gnome but with only a gig of ram on my athelon X86_64 gnome 
will probably crash the computer.  Inside mate to get to a terminal you 
want to run mate-terminal since that runs faster than gnome-terminal. 
The mate-terminal also works under unity.  Firefox works pretty well 
from my limited use of it so far.  The chromium app isn't accessible for 
orca at all and isn't worth messing with for now at least.  Emacs is 
available and probably very accessible as a work environment which 
should help cover any of libreoffice's shortcomings.  Thunderbird is 
easily crashed over here, but then again I'm a touch typist and have 
little tollerance for keyboard latency unless I get some kind of audio 
indication that something I've done is being worked.  Some clicks from 
the speaker would help in this respect but I don't know that any form of 
Linux offers this feature that can be enabled yet.
More than that I don't yet know but will find out as I hack through this 

On Thu, 17 Mar 2016, Daniel Crone wrote:

> Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:44:28
> From: Daniel Crone <quirky.wizard at>
> To: ubuntu-accessibility at
> Subject: introduction
> Hello one and all.
> My name is Daniel, and I have used different operating systems through the years.
> I have decided to give ubuntu mate a try.
> I am very new to linux.
> Before starting, I welcome anyone?s words of wisdom for a totally blind user, new to linux.
> I liked the idea of sonar, but I have tried to install several times, and the installer never finished.
> But that could be due to my machine?s being so old and slow.
> From the dvd, sonar worked very well.
> I hope ubuntu will be equally good.
> So, hats off to all, those on the sonar team, and to all on the ubuntu team.
> I would really like for all linux accessibility people to benefit each other.
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