Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th May 2009 16:24 UTC
Syllable, AtheOS After a very long development process, the Syllable team has finally released Syllable 0.6.6. This release comes with some significant improvements, most user-visible of which probably the new Syllable web browser, Webster, which uses the WebKit rendering engine.
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Accessibility?
by darknexus on Fri 15th May 2009 17:18 UTC
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

I know we've got some Syllable devs around here, so this is primarily a question for them. Has any thought gone into accessibility for Syllable, either now or in the future? I've got to ask, seeing as how I'm an os enthusiast but severely limited on what oses I can actually look at by lack of speech output and a screen reading application in most of them. I'm stuck with Windows, *NIX, and OS X and to be honest I'm getting kinda bored. ;)

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RE: Accessibility?
by Vanders on Fri 15th May 2009 17:31 UTC in reply to "Accessibility?"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Has any thought gone into accessibility for Syllable, either now or in the future?


Accessibility was something we highlighted when we developed the roadmap quite some time ago. It is not part of the short or medium term plans right now, but it will be addressed before Syllable 1.0 is released.

However Syllable does have a screen-zoom application, and some work on alternative inputs may be done for the next release.

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RE[2]: Accessibility?
by darknexus on Fri 15th May 2009 17:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Accessibility?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

However Syllable does have a screen-zoom application, and some work on alternative inputs may be done for the next release.


Not that either of those will help me, but I'm glad to here that accessibility is at least in the plans.

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RE[3]: Accessibility?
by Vanders on Fri 15th May 2009 18:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Accessibility?"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

If you'd like to post on the Syllable forums or the syllable-developer mailing list I'd love to hear some detailed information on what sort of accessibility requirements you have. It would be helpful for us to know what people actually require when we come to implement it.

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vmware image
by bloodandsoil on Fri 15th May 2009 18:07 UTC
bloodandsoil
Member since:
2007-08-24

So I load up the vmware image with qemu on my Fedora 10 box. What is the root password? I looked on the wiki...nothing.

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RE: vmware image
by Vanders on Fri 15th May 2009 18:12 UTC in reply to "vmware image"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Username is "root", password is "root".

Edit: Actually you're dead right. It is documented in the install.txt, but that is obviously not much help for those of you who are using the VMWare image! We'll make sure to update the README and the Welcome document to include this information.

Edited 2009-05-15 18:15 UTC

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I tried it out
by OSGuy on Sat 16th May 2009 10:04 UTC
OSGuy
Member since:
2006-01-01

The widgets reminds me a little bit on BeOS. I always encourage the development of software regardless its license type.

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HCL
by bert64 on Sat 16th May 2009 23:53 UTC
bert64
Member since:
2007-04-23

I tried looking around the Syllable website, but couldn't seem to find a list of supported hardware... It would be quite useful, so i can assemble the most compatible machine i can from the mountain of parts i have here...

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RE: HCL
by Vanders on Sun 17th May 2009 00:35 UTC in reply to "HCL"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

We gave up trying to maintain a HCL because users would fail to report what did and did not work. The best way to know if it Syllable works is to try it. If it doesn't, please let us know.

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RE[2]: HCL
by Laurence on Sun 17th May 2009 13:20 UTC in reply to "RE: HCL"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

We gave up trying to maintain a HCL because users would fail to report what did and did not work. The best way to know if it Syllable works is to try it. If it doesn't, please let us know.

Perhaps you could build some kind of automatic hardware reporting utility. Something that automatically contacts yourselves with the hardware that works so you're not relying on users to manually contact you.

Obviously you'd need to get users permission before submitting the data, but at least, being an automated process, you make it easy for even the laziest of geeks.

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A suggestion...
by fithisux on Sun 17th May 2009 08:09 UTC
fithisux
Member since:
2006-01-22

I think that the syllable desktop must be ported on L4 or even GenodeOS to reuse drivers). But this is a suggestion and I do not have any code to put where my mouth is. But more interesting would be to port the HW base to Hurd and Syllable on top of Hurd, this way both can be happy.

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RE: A suggestion...
by spikeb on Mon 18th May 2009 16:12 UTC in reply to "A suggestion..."
spikeb Member since:
2006-01-18

lol. hurd development makes syllable development look fast and furious

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