Vinux is a Linux distribution based on Debian, designed especially for visually impaired users.
Vinux provides a screen-reader, full screen magnification and support for Braille displays out of the box. It can be run from the Live CD without making any changes to your hard drive. If you like it you can install it to a USB thumbdrive or to your hard drive either alongside Windows or as a complete replacement for it. There is also a virtual version available which can run Vinux as a guest operating system using VMWare Player on Windows. The main screen-reader/magnifier is called Orca and the Braille display is supported by Brltty. There is also a secondary screen-reader installed called Speakup, which is a console based screen-reader. This is aimed at more advanced users but can also provide a useful backup in the event of any problems. Vinux provides a wide range of open source software including an internet browser, a file manager, a text editor and various multimedia applications. Vinux is designed to be a completely secure modern desktop system for all the family, visually impaired and sighted alike.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Kernel 188.8.131.52.
· Orca XDesktop 3.1.19.
· Firefox 10.0.2.
· Thunderbird 10.0.2.
· Minor package changes as well as Vinux specific console branding grub configuration.
· Vinux tips on console log in.
· Orca Customizations and man text scripts thanks to StormDragon.
· Easy install scripts optimized.
· Extra system sound schemes added.
· USB install script included.
· Luke's speakup DKMS package included, you no longer need to run restorespeech after a new kernel is installed. Speakup automatically builds at kernel install.
· Please be sure to leave Linux-headers-generic metapackage installed.
· CFH, openssh and CPU frequency daemon installed by default.
· Remastersys no longer deletes ssh keyss for remastering.
· YASR is no longer included, encountered frequent errors and not used.
· Removed ISO master and GTK record my desktop to insure the CD image is under 700 MB.
· Vinux 3.0.2 manages extra sources with apt-add-repository, /etc/apt/sources.list.d contains stable Mozilla, vinux and more package archives.
· The default desktop is Classic GNOME 2.x as you have come to expect from Vinux LTS releases.