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7. Other Information

7.1 Linux Documentation

The Linux documentation is critical to the use of Linux and most of the documents mentioned here should be included in recent versions of Linux, from any source I know of.

If you want to get the documentation on the Internet, here are some example sites. These should be mirrored at most of the major FTP sites in the world.

The Linux Info Sheet

A simple and effective explanation of what Linux is. This is one of the things that you should hand over when you want to explain why you want Linux and what it is good for.

The Linux Info Sheet is available on the World Wide Web from http://sunsite.unc.edu/mdw/HOWTO/INFO-SHEET.html and other mirrors.

The Linux Meta FAQ

A list of other information resources, much more complete than this one. The meta FAQ is available on the World Wide Web from http://sunsite.unc.edu/mdw/HOWTO/META-FAQ.html and other mirrors

The Linux Software Map

The list of software available for Linux on the Internet. Many of the packages listed here were found through this. The LSM is available in a searchable form from http://www.boutell.com/lsm/. It is also available in a single text file in all of the FTP sites mentioned in section Linux Documentation.

The Linux HOWTO documents

The HOWTO documents are the main documentation of Linux. This Access HOWTO is an example of one.

The home site for the Linux Documentation Project which produces this information is http://sunsite.unc.edu/mdw/linux.html. There are also many companies producing these in book form. Contact a local Linux supplier for more details.

The Linux HOWTO documents will be in the directory HOWTO in all of the FTP sites mentioned in section Linux Documentation.

The Linux FAQ

A list of `Frequently Asked Questions' with answers which should solve many common questions. The FAQ list is available from http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/iwj10/linux-faq/ as well as all of the FTP sites mentioned in section Linux Documentation.

7.2 Mailing Lists

There are two lists that I know of covering these issues specifically for Linux. There are also others which it is worth researching which cover computer use more generally. Incidentally, if a mail is sent to these lists I will read it eventually and include any important information in the Access-HOWTO, so you don't need to send me a separate copy unless it's urgent in some way.

The Linux Access List

This is a general list covering Linux access issues. It is designed `to service the needs of users and developers of the Linux OS and software who are either disabled or want to help make Linux more accessible'. To subscribe send email to <majordomo@ssv1.union.utah.edu> and in the BODY (not the subject) of the email message put:

subscribe linux-access <your-email-address>

The Linux Blind List

This is a mailing list covering Linux use for blind users. There is also a list of important and useful software being gathered in the list's archive. To subscribe send mail to <blinux-list-request@redhat.com> with the subject: help. This list is now moderated.

7.3 WWW References

The World Wide Web is, by it's nature, very rapidly changing. If you are reading this document in an old version then some of these are likely to be out of date. The original version that I maintain on the WWW shouldn't go more than a month or two out of date, so refer to that please.

Linux Documentation is available from http://sunsite.unc.edu/mdw/linux.html

Linux Access On the Web http://www.tardis.ed.ac.uk/~mikedlr/access/ with all of the versions of the HOWTO in http://www.tardis.ed.ac.uk/~mikedlr/access/HOWTO/. Preferably, however, download from one of the main Linux FTP sites. If I get a vast amount of traffic I'll have to close down these pages and move them elsewhere.

The BLINUX Documentation and Development Project http://leb.net/blinux/. "The purpose of The BLINUX Documentation and Development Project is to serve as a catalyst which will both spur and speed the development of software and documentation which will enable the blind user to run his or her own Linux workstation."

Emacspeak WWW page http://cs.cornell.edu/home/raman/emacspeak/emacspeak.html

BRLTTY unofficial WWW page http://www.sf.co.kr/t.linux/new/brltty.html

Yahoo (one of the most major Internet catalogues) http://www.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Disabilities/Adaptive_Technology/

The Linux Lab Project http://www.fu-berlin.de/~clausi/.

The BLYNX pages: Lynx Support Files Tailored For Blind and Visually Handicapped Users http://leb.net/blinux/blynx/.

7.4 Suppliers

This is a UK supplier for the Braillex.

Alphavision Limited

7.5 Manufacturers


I think that they are a manufacturer? RNIB only lists them as a supplier, but others say they make the Braillex.

Alphavision Ltd
Seymour House
Copyground Lane
High Wycombe
Bucks HP12 3HE

+44 1494-530 555

Linux Supported Alphavision AT Products

  • Braillex

Blazie Engineering

The Braille Lite was supported in the original version of BRLTTY. That support has now been discontinued. If you have one and want to use it with Linux then that may be possible by using this version of the software.

Blazie Engineering
105 East Jarrettsville Rd. 
Forest Hill, MD 21050 


+1 (410) 893-9333


+1 (410) 836-5040


+1 (410) 893-8944





Blazie AT Products

  • Braille Lite (support discontinued)

Digital Equipment Corporation

Digital Equipment Corporation
P.O. Box CS2008
NH 03061-2008


+1 800-722-9332

Tech info

+1 800-722-9332


+1 603-884-5597



Linux Supported DEC AT Products

  • DECTalk Express

Kommunikations-Technik Stolper GmbH

KTS Stolper GmbH
Herzenhaldenweg 10
73095 Albershausen


+49 7161 37023


+49 7161 32632

Linux Supported KTG AT Products

  • Brailloterm

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