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.
@fabiscafe @devinprater I was thinking about what a DE could do to be really accessible. And I've just realized that having a lot of different DEs is a good thing in this case. It looks like, on Linux we can just make the accessible IDE. And this could be a good proofing ground for new tools, design decisions, and integrations to be later spread across the entire ecosystem.
The now I think about it the more I feel this is actually the best way.
I can't agree. I think it was the knoppix lead dev who once said that thanks to opensource, we can make a desktop for everyone. 20 years later we have a few, barely working desktops for millions of users.
The one part that everyone seems to ignore is that we *do not* have the manpower to keep even one desktop in a coherent state. GNOME is probably the most developed and most supported desktop and still not even close. Let's not start with the smaller ones who are years behind…
@fabiscafe @devinprater You don't get it. I don't suggest to repeat the work. I suggest to free developers from supporting users that don't need accessibility to exist and focus on making a UI which will be designed from the ground up to provide a proper UX for a specific task.
Like tiling DE doesn't try to be accessible for everyone, the same way this could lead to a perfect choice for a specific group of people.
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