Vinux – A talking linux distro for blind and visually impaired users

Vinux is a remastered version of the popular Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx distribution optimised for the needs of blind and partially sighted users.. It provides three screen readers, two full-screen magnifiers, global font-size and colour changing facilities, and out-of-the-box support for USB Braille displays. The Vinux live CD boots into the Orca screen reader which makes it easy to navigate the graphical GNOME desktop using keybindings. For those who prefer to work in a simple text-based console there is the Speakup



screen reader as well as YASR, a hybrid screen reader which can be run in either console mode or in a virtual terminal on the GNOME desktop.

The latest version is Vinux3.0 and is based on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

Click here to watch a full screen demo of Vinux Talking


Find more information and screenshots at the official website.

You can download Vinux from this link.

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  • Xyzzy

    I’ve seen a heck of a lot of comments floating around from people that ran into massive stability issues in 10.04, akin to what I did in 9.04/9.10… I had assumed it was my computer since it was freezing entirely every few hours (or within a half-hour if I made it download anything large), until I read it’s a not-uncommon Ubuntu issue and tried a few other distros.

    So I sure hope the Vinux team is willing to consider using another distro as the base if it gets reports of problems, or at least looking into whether the issues appear routinely in other distros. I know that as a disabled person [i]I[/i] value not having to ‘fix’ things on days when my body is giving me trouble & being able to just enjoy myself when my body’s behaving! :lol:

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