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mftrhu wrote

I was talking a few weeks ago with a friend of mine about how the accessibility software on Linux (and, according to him, Android compared to iOS) is subpar even when it actually works.

I don't quite know every problem he had, but he talked about how he was unable to use mobile mouse apps to control his computer from his phone.

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Flanders wrote (edited )

This is probably the most crucial of the thread so far.

I found this article on Google; its “Linux accessibility could be much better” section highlights several issues, but overall it seems too positive.

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mftrhu wrote

I read that article (BTW, you link needs s|https//|https://|, you dropped a colon) but while there are quite a few tools available, especially for the sight-impaired, they are not enough - and not that user-friendly - for people whose mobility is really reduced (one hand, not full extension).

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boringskip wrote

Came for this. I had a blind bff, she says Orca doesn't hold a candle to Jaws, and Jaws ain't cheap. Like $600+. Luckily most people get it free from the Braille Institute but getting an updated version is like pulling teeth. Also took me forever to find a recent cracked version due to low demand.

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GrimWillow wrote (edited )

Years ago (maybe 2012), I had spoken to someone who has a disability and they said that apple was the only one that created accessibility features that work for them after they tried linux. It sucks for them if apple is the one that has a lead on this. Is it still the case?

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mftrhu wrote

He is indeed using Apple, he was looking to buy a used MacBook just last month after his old one gave up the ghost - he had problems both with easy set-up of mobile mouse (borked with iOS->Ubuntu, and KDE Connect is still Android-only AFAIK), and the fact the screen on iOS pulls down to allow him to access the top icons (while Android just sort-of shrinks in the middle, and getting it to work properly with custom ROMs is complex).

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Flanders wrote

I attended a lecture on accessibility last year, as part of a web development course. The speaker briefly demonstrated built-in accessibility features on macOS and compared them to clunkier third-party alternatives on Windows.

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NEOalquimista wrote (edited )

Orbiter Space Flight Simulator. FlightGear has the Space Shuttle, but it's not totally ready to simulate space flights and doesn't have tutorials. Not a top priority software though.

I wanted to do astrophotography. I was getting ready to buy a good equatorial mounted 80mm telescope with clock motor, but seeing that the application to digitally visualise and keep track of objects in the sky is proprietary and dedicated towards Canon cameras, I decided to change my mind.

[REMOVED SHIT I SAID]

I can live just fine without these restricted pieces of software.

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NEOalquimista wrote

That's what happens when you're learning English and keep saying things you never searched the meaning of. I feel so stupid. It means something like "male homosexual" in a bad way, and I thought it was simply synonymous of "asshole" or similar, but it's not.

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sudo wrote

It's nowhere near as good as BackyardEOS, but check out gphoto2 for remotely controlling a camera from your computer. There's a library that comes with it, so if you're dedicated, you could build a GUI that sort-of recreates the functionality of BackyardEOS that uses the library.

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NEOalquimista wrote

Unfortunately, my camera isn't on the list. Damn Canon, Nikon and others for not providing any support for Linux. They denied to support the gphoto project.

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boringskip wrote (edited )

Does Stellarium have anything for that? It seems pretty advanced.

Edit: The website says it has telescope control.

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josefStallman moderator wrote

I was considering removing this, but checking through your post history I assumed you weren't cishet, so I figured you were allowed to use it if you were comfortable with it. I appreciate you doing it yourself.

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NEOalquimista wrote

It's not that. I just used a word I didn't know the meaning of... until today when I had to search it, because people started downvoting the post and I had no idea why.

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goatman93 wrote

Nvidea's drivers. They've come a long way but are still very far behind where the FLOSS AMD drivers are.

Not the most important of course (accessibility should be at the top of the list), but it adds to the thread.

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sudo wrote

Apparently there is no FOSS program on the same level as Hex-Rays - a very powerful decompiler, that can create pseudocode, and maybe even C code (if my memory is correct) from compiled code.

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surreal wrote

been hearing my engineer friends whining about their CAD software like Autocad and Solidworks but i haven't researched about viable alternative to know for sure.

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zombie_berkman wrote

There are certain security tool used at my work that have only 1 or 2 other options and they all are proprietary

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journeymanpedant wrote

Silvaco ATLAS and other TCAD programs. They run on linux, but are proprietary and ~$2000 per seat per year