Trying to connect to some blind linux users to talk about accessibility, please boost

@sir you might want to try the liberte0 IRC channel on Freenode, some speak English.

@sir @samuel_thibault is not blind but is involved in software accessibility and can probably answer some questions and introduce you to other people.

@roipoussiere @sir Indeed :) There are a lot of lists on Linux accessibility. You can check out the mailing lists mentioned at the end of

@usul @sir Sorry, I haven't used Linux in years I'm afraid.

@usul @sir Not really ay more, no. Least here on mastodon. I've boosted the request anyways, in hope it'll eventually reach someone.

@sir @usul Constant breakage of accessibility in new Gnome or Ubuntu Unity releases with every major distro update. I simply had the feeling that I could not trust the system and often had to re-learn things to be at least somewhat productive. It became too time consuming, so I threw the efforts out the window and am using Windows exclusively nowadays.

@marcozehe @usul do you have time to try some experimental stuff I'm working on every now and then?

@marcozehe @usul I'm taking a fundamentally different approach from KDE and GNOME which I think may be more sustainable and stable

@sir @usul Afraid not, I have a full-time job, and I've been out of Linux for years and would need at least a day or two to get back into it. No capacities for that ATM, sorry.

@marcozehe @sir @usul Ditto except Mac. Ubuntu has gone back to Gnome now and is MUCH more accessible. I've switched my personal stuff to Linux (partially blind here). Unity was an utter nightmare.

@feoh @marcozehe @usul I'm working on making sway accessible, and I think you'll love it. It's keyboard driven and has a great data model which is exposed over an IPC socket that makes it easy to script it with voice

@feoh @marcozehe @usul my end goal is to make it so I can work comfortably without any displays plugged into my computer

@sir @feoh @usul I don‘t even know what sway is. ;-) Good luck with the effort!

@feoh @sir @usul I‘m very comfortable with Windows. Definitely not the year of the Linux desktop for me. ;-)

@marcozehe @feoh @usul I hope that the blind user experience on sway will be so compelling that you'll ditch windows in a heartbeat when it's done :)

@sir @feoh @usul Don‘t bet on it. I‘ve seen a lot of things come and go in the screen reader space in the last 25 years. But I wish you luck!

@marcozehe @feoh @usul I'm not blind, but I've kept my eye on screen readers for years and as far as I'm concerned they're all dogshit compared to what they could be. I genuinely think I have a novel approach

@sir @feoh @usul Well, just giving you a warning that I no longer can be impressed easily. ;-)

@marcozehe @sir @usul Windows 10 is surprisingly good. I'm just happy to see #Linux coming along so nicely!

@sir @marcozehe @usul I realize I'm not fully blind, but for me the critical feature I need in order to be able to use a computer is full screen zoom. Under Unity, that vanished and I was out in the cold. As of Ubuntu 18 they brought back Gnome/Compiz so I'm loving coming back to #linux :)

@feoh @marcozehe @usul great :) that's something I intend to add to sway, too.


They're for-profit, but you may try contacting too (it's what they do).

@sir You can check on, there is a quite a caring community for that aspect and I think they also have some fediverse instance. #sdf
Also there you can try on ArchLinux channels, there is a "TalkingArch" and sometimes they participate.

@sir i'm not sure how to contact him, but do you know about jonathan nadeau? he used to do many interviews on the state of #foss accessibility and interned at the FSF for a while.

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