I would like to share my thoughts regarding the video The Linux Experiment made regarding the year of the Linux desktop.
Here are my comments I have shared for the video that everyone who watched the video seems to ignore:
If you want Linux to be the year of the Linux desktop, then I suggest anyone to take a page from Apple’s accessibility department. For example, wen it comes to GNOME Magnifier and the terminal, if you perform updates to your system, the magnifier will focus on the terminal even if you are browsing the Internet using Firefox. The magnifier will jump left and right regardless of which applications you are using and that can be annoying. If you started the GNOME magnifier and you are using Firefox, the magnifier won’t track what you are typing unless you use GNOME Web instead. To get the magnifier to track what you are typing in Firefox, you need to quit Firefox first, start Orca (Super+Alt+S), launch Firefox, and then turn off Orca (Super+Alt+S).
I recently purchased a Mac Mini so I can gain experience with macOS and let me tell you. Apple’s Magnifier is so buttery smooth. Once I turn on the Zoom feature in the Accessibility panel of System Preferences, I simply hold down the Control key and scroll with my mouse wheel. Keyboard tracking works with Firefox without any problems. Plus, when I’m doing something in the terminal such as updating packages and switch to Firefox or Blender, the screen does not move unless I tell it to. And unlike GNOME Magnifier, an Apple’s zoom feature does not jump to the lower-right corner of the screen if it does not know where to focus.
The reason why developers would say “patches are always welcome” is because of budget. Do you know that if you as a blind user pressed the Super key to open the overview, Orca will announce “window” and does not guide you on how to navigate the GNOME 40+ overview with just keyboard commands. I would like to talk more about the accessibility issues, but I’m going to run out of room for my comment, so let me say that if you care about accessibility as much as I do, you have to write code on Linux. And as long as developers keep saying “patches are always welcome,” Linux will never be the year of desktop.
Oh, and there is a difference between accessibility and usability. Usability deals with user experiences while accessibility deals with making sure an application or website (in this case , a desktop environment) remains accessible for people with disabilities. And until the Linux community has the budget and manpower to make Linux accessible for those with disabilities, both Mac and Windows are two of the best operating systems with accessibility in mind.
Usability and Accessibility: Looking at User Experience through Two Lenses | Usability.gov
And the reason why I purchased a Mac Mini is to help people remotely once I get hired for a remote IT position. I have been a Linux user for a long time but only at home and I’m unemployed for years since October of 2019.
And to add to my own comments I had on Odysee:
As much as I hate to break it to anyone who takes pride on running Linux in their desktops, the macOS accessibility features put Linux accessibility to shame. Because in order for GNOME Magnifier’s tracking can work in Firefox, Orca screen reader must be started first before launching Firefox. If you launch Firefox before you start the Orca screen reader, Orca won’t read what is in a web page until you restart Firefox. And the tracking feature that simply jumps to the lower right corner of the screen or anywhere leaves a lot to be desired. I recently received a Mac Mini this week and I had my Linux desktop computer turned off for two days now. Why? Because the Zoom accessibility along with its tracking feature is that good.
I am going to be using Mac Mini so I can gain experience when it comes to working remotely for an IT position. Hopefully I will get a remote job soon.
Again, I don’t mean to cause any offense to Linux users in general regardless of skill level and skillset. And I do not mean to hurt your pride for running Linux. Still, I would be happy to run GNOME desktop for general-purpose computing along with playing games and making music. As much as I am an associate member of Free Software Foundation and that I love open source, I’m sorry everyone but accessibility is not there yet.
What are your thoughts? Do you think accessibility needs to happen for those with visual disabilities before the year of the Linux desktop becomes a norm?