Posted Aug 5, 2010 5:51 UTC (Thu) by BrucePerens
Parent article: Balancing accessibility and software freedom
Remember that RMS developed the GNU system on a very proprietary Sun. I think he'd be receptive to the idea of handicapped users on Dragon who did their own development of a Free speech recognition system. And of course they can do so today, using Windows. But that's not what is being asked of RMS. What Mr. Johansson seems to be requesting is to put mostly passive users on Dragon and Free Software, and then transition them to a bleeding-edge Free speech recognition system when it's ready. That won't work. They won't tolerate the functional loss. We would have to have a system as good as Dragon before they'd be willing to move over. For them this isn't just an app, it's a vital prosthesis.
So, what we really need is for normally abled users to develop a system as good as Dragon first, and we get the user community only after that happens.
What an uphill battle. But I think it would only work the way RMS says it should work.
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