[arch-releng] 2010.10.4.05 Wireless Discussion suggestions

Thomas Bächler thomas at archlinux.org
Fri Apr 16 12:48:06 EDT 2010

Am 16.04.2010 18:24, schrieb Keith Hinton:
> This network uses WPA personal with TKIP encryption.

WPA personal, be it with TKIP or AES, is the most common and easiest
feature you could imagine for wireless.

> I happen to be a blind Arch user, and before someone goes shouting at
> me to "input a feature yourself" for yes, I have read the Arch way
> document and understand it in it's entirety, however I am not a
> programmer, simiply a user of an OS< and in the passed, when I used
> Arch, I was always on a Ethernet connection, so i had little to worry
> about.

I always have the highest respect for blind users - and I felt sorry
when I was very rude to one on IRC before he told me he was blind.
Seriously, I couldn't manage using a computer, or a system like Arch if
I were blind.

> I primarily use Chris Brannons TalkingArch CD, wich is based off of
> the origenal CDs that are released, and are the exact same net install
> cDs, just that it uses the Speakup  Linux screen reader.

I know I encouraged him to release such a CD at one point, but I never
knew he actually did it. Great to hear that this exists now.

> Isn't this fairly strate forward to incorperate into the AIF system as
> Thomas was mentioning earlier with regards to wireless for daily use
> by those like myself and probably others?
> As technology advances, the need for wireless will begin to outway the
> need for Ethernet, if that is not already being the case.

It is not a problem - it just has to be done.

I am curious though: Is using the dialog-based systems like AIF even
possible or convenient with a screenreader? I imagine it to be very
difficult. Wouldn't it be easier to have a simpler interface that just
asks questions and expects answers, rather than a dialog-based system?

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