I'm close to moving back to Windows. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to hold oneself back, deny oneself better and easier accessibility in the name of open source, when many open source developers don't give a crap about accessibility, and/or don't educate themselves on it. KDE connect, GSConnect, all were inaccessible for one reason or another, not the least because of Gnome-shell's terrible accessibility issues. That was just the last straw. With the only thing holding me to Linux being Emacs+Emacspeak, I think its time to quit Linux and just use what actually works. It's interesting how being "free" just means being under the power and whim of other people, a mass of developers who have no insentive for accessibility, rather than a cohesive company who does. This is serious, and I want every developer to understand this, understand my deep frustration with FOSS.
@Alexmitter @devinprater this is the least productive possible response and you should feel bad about having posted it. Of course nobody can demand work from open source devs but we should be committed to accessibility in localization, documentation, and disability just as much as to anything else. That work needs funding and advocacy, not "ha ha disableds go do it yourself." What a disgrace you are.
Well said. I'm really sick and tired of this bullshit. Reeks of this braindead Rich Hickey rant: https://gist.github.com/richhickey/1563cddea1002958f96e7ba9519972d9
Hey @Alexmitter, yes, some of those people do develop little utilities in their free time for themselves. That's almost all development I do. But the maintainers of big FOSS projects are often paid to do so, either through companies they work at or via donations or via the reputation they gain through FOSS that makes them employable. A lot of these projects just push themselves onto the FOSS world and use their power to shape the larger community. GNOME does it, systemd does it. Nobody writes Gnome for themselves in their free time. So these people are beholden and do owe to the community that affords them the resources and relevance in what they do.
Should the community do better at compensating FOSS devs? Yes. Does that mean they are not standing on millions of shoulders and are totally doing it out of pure unreciprocated good will? No.
Are you an authority on what FOSS culture is? Fuck no. So either speak on your own behalf only, or "you just want to complain".
@Alexmitter @tindall @devinprater Hi Alex. The goals of FLOSS, as I understand them, are freedom of use for all. It's an egalitarian movement. The OP is blind and it seems their experience is that Linux has been frustrating and not viable for them. This is valuable user feedback that helps drive the continued development of FLOSS towards its own stated goals. Some criticism can be helpful and worth hearing. They also have every right to vent. Thanks.
@ClearMask @tindall @devinprater Criticism is helpful, understanding that you demand work from volunteers is also helpful. OP should know that those volunteers do their best and aren't his slaves he can demand from because after all they are volunteer workers.
Also, FLOSS only describes the 4 freedoms.
After all people rip their butt open to make their applications as accessible as possible and a rant like OPs is not helpful at all.
@Alexmitter @tindall @devinprater Your post would feel more appropriate if it were responding to the usual entitled griping about FLOSS projects. However, the context is very different here. The OP is blind. It seems they have made great efforts to engage with the values and technology but literally cannot. It isn't a demand. It's a wake up call. There are people in our midst who need additional support. We would all do well to hear them and adjust.