Date: prev next · Thread: first prev next last

Hi :)

The 'main man' at DistroWatch is Ladislav Bodnar
But Jessse Smith often writes reviews and Caitlyn Martin is sometimes involved.  

It's a small organisation! But it does have quite a lot of readers and is the 
only site of it's kind that covers such a vast percentage of the distros out 
there.  Most sites list about 20, one manages 100 but DW has detailed pages for 
about 600.  Pages are in a standard format so it's easy to look-up stuff such as 
forums, website addresses or to compare against other distros.  Pages such as
I think those can be shortened to
and so on as it redirects, i think.

There are  250 more distros listed on it's waiting list that don't have there 
own pages yet but do have about as much description as most other such sites 
have for their tiny lists!  Most distros are very specialist or aimed at 
specific languages but a few are aimed at being noob-friendly such as Ubuntu, 
Mint, Vinux, and so on.

if you could pass on my initial request for a review that would be great as 
Yahoo doesn't handle mailing lists well unless i break it so that it doesn't 
work in normal emailing usage.  

A regular there, BarnabyH, has offered to write something but
1.  It is likely to be several weeks away if at all as he seems busy
2.  I think he is fully sighted so even though he works with partially-sighted 
or non-sighted he might miss things despite enthusiasm
So, perhaps a collaborative effort is possible?

There is no reward for the review and probably no fame or glamour either but it 
would be great as a small way to promote non-sighted or partial-sighted issues.  

Regards from
Tom :)

From: Christophe Strobbe <>
Sent: Fri, 15 April, 2011 10:14:38
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-accessibility] Operating Systems


On Fri, 15 Apr 2011 09:28:09 +0100 (BST), Tom Davies
<> wrote:
Hi :)

Has anyone tried linux operating systems such as Knoppix-Adriene or
anyone managed to install either of those as a dual-boot alongside
Windows? or 
on a usb-stick or something?

No, I haven't done that yet, but there are people on the
Ubuntu-Accessibility and the Gnome-Accessiblity lists who know Vinux. 
You can search the archives at
<> and

I can also forward the request for you, if you can give me precise contact
details etc (e.g. who should be contacted at Distrowatch).

Best regards,


A few people at DistroWatch have asked if anyone could volunteer to
review of Vinux.  A couple asked if it could compare Vinux against other
aimed at people that are either completely blind or partially sighted.  

For those that don't follow DW the reviews are generally about a page or
(whatever that means!) and sometimes have screen-shots to break it up a
bit and 
make it more interesting for sighted-people.  DW doesn't pay for reviews
and is 
run by volunteers.  The Readers Comments can be a little unkind and
at times but then other readers tend to jump in and defend the reviewer.

Oh, here is this weeks DistroWatch weekly
This next link will be the one for next week but the link wont work

It might be interesting to shake things up a bit by submitting a review
that is 
a voice recording rather than written?  Perhaps something else could be
instead of pictures?  Almost no-one would be able to read braille at DW
think) but there must be something that could make the review

Any thoughts or suggestions?
My apologies for such a long post!
Good luck and many regards from
Tom :)

Christophe Strobbe
K.U.Leuven - Dept. of Electrical Engineering - SCD
Research Group on Document Architectures
Kasteelpark Arenberg 10 bus 2442
B-3001 Leuven-Heverlee
tel: +32 16 32 85 51
Twitter: @RabelaisA11y

Unsubscribe instructions: E-mail to
Posting guidelines + more:
List archive:
All messages sent to this list will be publicly archived and cannot be deleted

Unsubscribe instructions: E-mail to
Posting guidelines + more:
List archive:
All messages sent to this list will be publicly archived and cannot be deleted


Privacy Policy | Impressum (Legal Info) | Copyright information: Unless otherwise specified, all text and images on this website are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. This does not include the source code of LibreOffice, which is licensed under the Mozilla Public License (MPLv2). "LibreOffice" and "The Document Foundation" are registered trademarks of their corresponding registered owners or are in actual use as trademarks in one or more countries. Their respective logos and icons are also subject to international copyright laws. Use thereof is explained in our trademark policy.