Vincent Vermeulen wrote:How does your friend use a computer now. With a braille display, or with text-to-speech? Depending on that, there are various solutions for the blind.
Linux Mint comes pre-installed with brltty, which allows reading text from the Linux terminal with a braille display. If your friend reads email and browses the Internet with a braille display, that could be a good solution. You'll need to add a terminal based email client and browser. I'm not sure which to recommend though. Some editions of Linux Mint also come with text-to-speech installed, notably Cinnamon is strong in that regard (from using Gnome 3)
You might instead pick a Linux distro specifically for the blind. If you are most comfortable with an Ubuntu based distro, give Vinux a look (erm, no pun intended). The Knoppix based distro ADRIANE might also be worthwile. At least both offer you a chance to check what applications would be installed for blind users, so at least for that purpose I'd say explore them.
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