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Open source

Accessibility Guides To Key Open Source Software  

These help guides are intended to provide support for the customisation of Linux Operating systems primarily using the Gnome desktop. 

Many disabled users find that simple changes to settings within the operating system can meet their computing access needs. 

Introductory Help sheets include:

  • Introduction and sources of Information
  • About Linux
  • Linux Download Basics

Other sheets deal with customising visual aspects, changes to the keyboard and  mouse and the use of some of the inbuilt accessibility software such as GOK which is an onscreen keyboard and the use of Gnopernicus which is a magnifier and screen reader.

Simply click on the name of the file you wish to download, and follow your browsers on screen instructions.

General Information about Linux and Accessibility

What is Linux?  An Introduction to Open Source, Distributions, Live Versions and other Key Linux Concepts

Introduction and Sources of Information (Linux Accessibility Projects)

Linux Basic Downloads

The Shell and Command Line Interface

Customising Appearance in Gnome

Changing Colours in Gnome

Making Text Easier to See in Gnome

Adjusting Keyboard Responses in Gnome

Navigation in Gnome

Making Your Mouse Easier to Use (Gnome)

Typing Break an Application for users who may have experience from discomfort from typing or mouse work

Access Applications

GOK (Gnome on Screen Keyboard)

Gnopernicus Using the Gnopernicus Magnifier in Gnome

Gnopernicus Screenreader for Gnome

Help sheets are in Adobe portable document format (PDF) to ensure a quick download and consistent printing.

Pdf files are accessible for those using special access technologies if the user has Acrobat Reader version 6 (Search and Screen-reader version) or version 7.

Select this link to download a copy of the accessible version of Acrobat Reader.

We would welcome feedback on these help sheets and whether different titles would be useful.