Is it possible to use Orca to install Opensuse?

Good evening.

I am new to this forum.

Knowing that I am blind, I would like to know if it is possible to start the installation of Open SUSE with a vocal synthesis (for example Orca) from the boot screen of the DVD?

I’m waiting for your answers.


Welcome to the forums. I don’t think there is any way to do this the first time as the installation would require you to load a Linux system to start the installation and this would almost certainly not be running Orca. Once you have installed openSUSE, you would never need to reinstall because you can upgrade to the next version using the command line.

Yes, but that won’t help this user get openSUSE installed. As far as I understand, the openSUSE installer does not have assistive technology implemented that would help visiually-impared users to install this distro.

Here’s an archived discussion where a user was making such a request

Now I see that you’ve modified your initial replay. :slight_smile:

Yes, it is unfortunate that there isn’t an installation framework available for openSUSE to provide the necessary support for visually-impaired users.

So, how to do?

Unfortunately, I don’t think there is a way without assistance from a sighted person.

Is the OpenSUSE community able to integrate assistive technologies into the OpenSUSE installer?
And also, once OpenSUSE install, can we use Orca?

It is something that would need developer attention ie our YaST developers in particular - perhaps subscribe to our mailinglist and make such a request. I think it is a good (and important) idea, but I’m realistic enough to know that such a project would not be trivial and would require additional resources to implement.

And also, once OpenSUSE install, can we use Orca?

Yes, I believe there is active development for using Orca in both the Gnome and KDE desktop environments.

This is a good argument for having a live installer, with assistive technologies built into the desktop of the live system.

Yes, completely agree.

On that note, I wonder if GeckoLinux might be a means to an end here with it’s installable live DVD / USB images?

I note that they have a help and suggestions page here!forum/geckolinux

Yes, but there is no official OpenSUSE Live CD anymore.

There is for Tumbleweed and I’ve heard a rumour that there may also be such an option for Leap 15 (but can’t confirm that).

GeckoLinux offers an installable live DVD / USB image based on openSUSE that might be worth a shot here.

Yes, a very good and important reason, IMHO.

In the meantime, maybe we could find someone in our community who is close enough to gorski01 to help with the first install? (Crossing my fingers tightly.)

I do know that it can be installed using VPN, but I do not know enough at this point how to tell someone with a vision problem how to turn that on.

Thanks Gerry. Hadn’t had time to look myself. I wonder if Orca is included?

I think one of us is going to have to check that out … as soon as one of us can squeeze out the time?

AFAIK the LiveCD’s (also Tumbleweed) use the standard installer since some time…
IOW, for installing, there is no difference to the standard (NET) installation CD.

Right. Thanks for clarifying.