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Linux, Accessibility, may include occasional sarcasm 

The reason I bring this up is because I do now have to connect an external keyboard to use the screen reader's review commands to read what it's doing, since I am installing on a laptop and it doesn't have a numpad or insert key.

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Linux, Accessibility, may include occasional sarcasm 

So far, so good. There are a few buttons in the installer that don't have a label, also I just selected "Berlin" for something... maybe timezone? I'm not sure. Also... I feel like the screen reader should automatically assume a laptop keyboard. The desktop layouts require you to have an insert key, as well as a numpad. But the laptop keyboard layout does not require you to have those. Since every keyboard that does have those also has the non numpad keys, the laptop layout works just fine on a desktop keyboard, whereas the desktop layout does not work on a laptop. So if one layout works 100% of the time, but the other one only works if you're not on a laptop, does it not make sense to choose the one that works everywhere as a default?

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Linux, Accessibility, may include occasional sarcasm 

Ah, you know what, it possibly was. I got the jingle, and the keystroke worked! The speech is very loud, but I'd rather have it loud than not working. Fantastic! Let's see if I can install.

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Linux, Accessibility, may include occasional sarcasm 

Actually, let's make sure it's not the drive I was using. Just in case.

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Linux, Accessibility, may include occasional sarcasm 

I feel like I should be clear here, I'm not trying to prove that this is bad. In fact I would be very happy if one of these distros actually worked and accessibility was great. We'd all win. These are just the issues I'm running into right now. Yup, I've installed several operating systems on this computer before, including Ubuntu, so I'm pretty confident that it should work. And Ubuntu Mate did indeed start, it just...wasn't very accessible. Normal ubuntu gave up on me, so let's try another one.

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Linux, Accessibility, may include occasional sarcasm 

Hmm. OK, my phone OCR tells me some kind of error happened. Not sure what since it can't really make out the text very well. OK, I don't think this is working. Let's try something else.

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Linux, Accessibility, may include occasional sarcasm 

Wait. While I was downloading another distro I heard a jingle. Tried to press keys, nothing seemed to happen. It was a nice enough sounding jingle though, so there's that!

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Linux, Accessibility, may include occasional sarcasm 

This used to work! At some point I remember I was able to at least install these things without problems. I'm starting to feel more and more like I'm doing something wrong. But I have no idea what. This can't have regressed this much right? Welp, onto another distro, I suppose.

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Linux, Accessibility, may include occasional sarcasm 

I believe normal Ubuntu did start up, at least my phone's text recognition told me so, but once again, Super+S as well as alt+super+s did nothing. Except this time I also couldn't seem to bring up a terminal to launch Orca. Anyway, at some point the screen went dark and now I'm really not sure what's happening.

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Linux, Accessibility, may include occasional sarcasm 

So, let's give Linux another try. I usually didn't have any issues with Ubuntu Mate. In fact, it was the distro where accessibility worked best right out of the box. I'm happy to announce that they've seen the way, and now it just doesn't. Took me forever to actually get the screen reader to talk. The standard keystroke of Super+S (or super+alt+s) didn't work. I knew ctrl alt T opened a terminal, hoped it still did, and tried to launch Orca from there. Welp, it kinda did. It says frame over and over, I very rarely get told what the focus is actually on, and yeah... let's try something else, since the installer window just straight up does not read at all. I really don't know what's up here, this is a big regression. This used to work just fine. Which makes me question if this is me doing something wrong or if it's actually broken.

I know we love to hate on Apple but oh my gosh the addition of the Eloquence TTS in the new MacOS is such a welcome change. VoiceOver feels so much snappier and faster and more pleasant to use than it ever has. Oh this is beautiful. Please Linux accessibility people please get me excited about a new linux pre-release version as this MacOS beta has. Please! Aaaaa this is beautiful I thought it would never happen

Hey! Maybe someone can help me. I'm trying to find an accessible Gemini client for Windows that supports client certificates. Most of the ones I've tried do not, or are broken, or are not accessible.

Mental dilemma, Linux, Accessibility, Software development, stream of consciousness ramble... something like that? 

I feel like I should also point out that I'm by no means a Linux accessibility expert. I might get things wrong. And if I do, please do correct me. My experience comes from trying to use it as a daily driver a couple times over the past few years, and I will continue trying every time I see a new development.

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Mental dilemma, Linux, Accessibility, Software development, stream of consciousness ramble... something like that? 

I've been thinking about this quite a bit recently. On the one hand, yes, I'd love it if I could just switch to Linux. But the accessibility story hasn't been very pleasant. Everytime I bring this up, I keep wondering if I'm supposed to do anything about it. But deep down I know it wouldn't be fun. I know practically nothing about how the Linux accessibility stack works, and when I think about figuring it all out, I find myself losing interest. Which is strange since I absolutely need accessibility to use the OS.
But like... I don't know... it just doesn't seem like fun to me. It's not exactly what I want to do with my free time. I have other things I care about. And I can do those things. Not on Linux maybe, but there are operating systems that work well. Do I like the dubious privacy practices of the other operating systems? No. Not at all. Would I switch if I could? Yes. Absolutely. But is it wrong for me not to want to invest time into fixing this? Especially when I have other things that I can already do that I personally feel like I want to actually invest time into?
Does this make me a hypocrite? Should I even complain if I, in theory, could potentially have the ability to fix the problem with tons of personal investment and struggle, but I choose not to because I would rather do things that I find more enjoyable?
I'm not really expecting an answer I guess. This is definitely a thing that will vary from person to person. But whenever I talk about Linux and accessibility, these thoughts come up. And I always end up uncertain if I'm doing the right thing.

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Since it'll be a miracle if Valve ever decides to add accessibility to Steamdeck/SteamOS, I'm really happy that we finally got audio drivers for Windows. Time to really test the thing!
Yes, even disabled people play games, thank you very much. Why wouldn't we?

I want to stream more. I don't want to work. Meh. Was a lot of fun!

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I was told to post this by @bluespacedragon. Never tried this before but we have a long char limit now... Please go easy on me. Ahaha

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The suns rays carefully stretched over the horizon, the winds a whisper over the sounds of the retreating night. "Very soon", they thought. "Very soon, none of this will be audible anymore.". And so it was.
Not even a year later, and the sounds of the night were extinguished. No longer could the creatures of the forest express themselves, singing desperately to try to be heard over the rhythmic thump of the industrial machinery installed not far away. Not that they knew what it was. Not that they cared. They had done this before. Brave souls would stay, but the tired would move on. Like they had so many times before.
"Where do we go?", someone asked. "Is there even a safe space left?".
But they searched and searched and found nothing. Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months. The comfortable climate turned to fire, turned to ice. Everyone sympathized with a wolf's howl. Nobody had even seen an owl in a long time. Where had they gone?
Slowly but surely the realization was a resounding "no". There were no longer any safe spaces left. Their young would not grow up nourished and strong. They would grow up painfully and slowly adapting to the changes of the world. A world that, by and large, did not want them. Or was it the world? No. No it wasn't. It was those strange creatures. Those that walked upright. Those that made so much noise and collapsed living space after living space.
And so, the birds scouted. Snakes lay in ambush, the cats licking their paws. For they knew it was time to exact revenge. And like a tidal wave it spread. One howl. One scream. Slowly but surely it spread all over the world. And all at once, the entire animal kingdom struck. The bipeds would never know what hit them. They could not win. Not this time.

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