ADRIANE - Audio Desktop Reference Implementation and Networking Environment
ADRIANE is an easy-to-use, talking desktop system with optional support for braille, which can be used entirely without vision oriented output devices. Especially access to standard internet services like email, surfing the web, scanning and reading of printed documents and much more.
Especially blind people, who have no or very few computer skills, and/or have had bad encounters with graphic-focused computer interfaces, may experience an easy entry to the digital world. But also people with normal vision, who prefer a less complicated step-by-step menu, instead of an icon/animation-overloaded and over-complex graphical desktop, may profit from ADRIANE.
MAIN FEATURES OF ADRIANE
ADRIANE uses SBL (Screenreader for Blind Linux Users) from Marco Skambraks and Halim Sahin with Debian-integration by Klaus Knopper, speech-dispatcher/espeak as speech engine. Because of a python bridge, the screenreader also interoperates with orca, which is the graphical screenreader used together with compiz-fusions zoom functions after switching to graphical mode. The easy audio-desktop is being realized by dialog and bash-scripts in a consistent user interface, and is therefore very portable and easily extensible. Sources and packages of extensions specific to ADRIANE, can be found inside the KNOPPIX repositories.
The ADRIANE system is Free Software and available under the conditions of the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE V2. This means, as a short summary, the recipient of the software has the right
ADRIANE has been part of the KNOPPIX Live CD/DVD since Version 5.3 and is available for download from the KNOPPIX Mirrors. Entering boot option adriane will start the KNOPPIX directly with speech support. The special ADRIANE edition of the KNOPPIX CD version has this option already set by default. Various independent vendors also sell computers preinstalled and preconfigured with ADRIANE, or offer installation support and a short introduction and teaching about ADRIANE.
Micro-Remastering - start adriane automatically (USB flash pen version)
Boot options like "adriane" can easily be preset by changing syslinux.cfg (and, for UEFI systems, also syslnx64.cfg in folder boot/syslinux after having copied the DVD to a bootable USB flash pen using "flash-knoppix":Change the upper line
Notice: For 32-bit computer systems, please use adriane instead of adriane64.
The ADRIANE system contains online help within most of its components. An extensive manual for ADRIANE is work in progress as wikibook, but currently only available in German language: https://de.wikibooks.org/wiki/Adriane-Handbuch
ADRIANE IN THE PRESS
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