- Where can I find binary packages?
- Where do I get the Orca sources?
- How do I build Orca from source?
- Do I have to be root and/or install into /usr?
- How do I set up Orca?
- How do I get Orca to launch automatically when I log in?
- How do I set up accessible login?
- How do I get Orca working with Java applications?
- Does Orca work on GNOME 2.12 (Solaris 10, Ubuntu 5.10, Fedora Core 4, etc.)?
Installation and Configuration
1. Where can I find binary packages?
Orca is now included with most modern Solaris and Linux operating system releases. The Download and Install page contains more information on obtaining and installing several operating systems, and also includes information on building Orca from source code.
2. Where do I get the Orca sources?
The latest stable sources can always be found at the GNOME ftp site.
The brave can always obtain the latest sources from the orca master branch in the GNOME Git source code repository. The Download and Install page contains more information on building Orca from source code.
3. How do I build Orca from source?
The Download and Install page contains more information on building Orca from source code.
4. Do I have to be root and/or install into /usr?
No. You can install to and run orca from nearly anywhere you want, including directories owned by you. When you run ./configure, you can pass it a prefix that points to some other location (e.g., --prefix=$HOME/orca). If you do this, you need to define PYTHONPATH to point to the new lib/python2.4/site-packages directory (e.g., PYTHONPATH=$HOME/orca/lib/python2.4/site-packages). You can then run orca from this new location (e.g., $HOME/orca/bin/orca). NOTE: if you are using Python 2.5, you may need to adjust the PYTHONPATH accordingly.
5. How do I set up Orca?
The short answer is that when you run orca for the first time, orca will automatically enter setup mode. If you want to run setup at some later point, you can pass the --setup option to orca the next time you run it. Furthermore, while orca is running, you can press Insert+Space to bring up the orca setup window. Finally, orca provides a text setup utility that you can start by passing the --text-setup option to orca. All of these options will create a ~/.orca/user-settings.py file that holds your preferences and will also enable the accessibility infrastructure. You need to log out and log back in for the accessibility infrastructure settings to take effect.
See also the user documentation for more information.
6. How do I get Orca to launch automatically when I log in?
See the user documentation for more information.
7. How do I set up accessible login?
See the Accessible Login page for more information.
8. How do I get Orca working with Java applications?
In order to access Java applications, you need to install and set up the Java access bridge. The Java access bridge for GNOME page provides information on installing and setting up the Java access bridge.
9. Does Orca work on GNOME 2.12 (Solaris 10, Ubuntu 5.10, Fedora Core 4, etc.)?
Orca works best with GNOME 2.22 or later. See the Download and Install page for information on obtaining and installing more modern operating systems that support Orca out of the box.
The information on this page and the other Orca-related pages on this site are distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.