Any other totally blind DragonFly users

Matthew Dillon dillon at
Fri Jul 7 10:24:14 PDT 2017

Wow, that's amazing.  We have such a small user base I would not have
guessed that there was so much diversity in the circumstances of people
using DFly.  Don't hesitate to query us on users@ if Orca ever breaks on
you, we'll try our best to keep it going.

I would go nuts if I ever lost my sight.  I wouldn't be able to write code
at a million miles an hour any more :-(


On Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 8:53 AM, <am_dxer at> wrote:

> I just thought I would post this here to see if there are any other
> users of DragonFly BSD that are totally blind. If there are, we could
> possibly connect and share experiences and tips. I use Orca which is a
> screen reader for the GUI to access my laptop and desktop in DragonFly.
> There are console screen readers available, however, I have not tried to
> get any of them working yet mostly because Orca can read gui terminals
> like mate-terminal xfce4-terminal etc. I performed my installation using
> Qemu with the -curses option on a Linux Live cd that had Orca installed.
> The -curses option forwards the Qemu output of the DragonFly installer
> running in Qemu to Mate Terminal so that I can read it with Orca. I used
> the raw format with the target drive in qemu so that I could boot in on
> real hardware when done. The workflow is basically use Qemu with Orca on
> the live cd to install the system and configure it and set Orca to
> autostart. This way, when booting the actual system on real hardware it
> comes up talking.
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