Archive for August, 2009
The beta version of Vinux 2.0, released last week has been installed
on a machine at Insight and is available for testing. Vinux is a
specialised GNU/Linux distribution which is designed to be fully
accessible to blind and partially sighted users out of the box.
This version is based on Debian Lenny 5.02. It provides a
screen-reader, full-screen magnification and support for braille
displays at boot as well as including a selection of popular Free
Software applications.The new desktop layout in Vinux helps the
partially sighted users a lot.This layout is designed to be friendly
to partially sighted users by offering them one click access to all of
the most commonly used applications at any time.
The ICT training programme for the first batch of Visually Challenged
teachers was held at Thiruvananthapuram from 28th July to 1st August
2009. The training programme was attended by 10 teachers from various
schools in Thiruvananthapuram District. Training notes and audio tutorial, and copies of Swaram audio magazine were distributed to the participants.
Hon. Chief Secretary of the state, Smt. Neela Gangadharan inaugurated
the training programme for the visually challenged school teachers of
the state at Insight, a project of Kerala State IT Mission.
During her inaugural address she remarked that she was amazed to see
the live demonstration of how a visually challenged person uses a
IT Secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar IAS said that the training programme can
be extended through out the state through the State Social Welfare
Dept., Akshaya Centres and also the IT@School programme.
A demonstration of how a Visually Challenged person uses a computer
was also held during the function.
Dr. Rathan Kelkar IAS, Director Kerala State IT Mission and Shri. Anwar Sadath, Executive Director, IT@School project were also present during the function.
The training programme is being jointly organized by IT@School project