Installing OpenSolaris

Obtain/Install OpenSolaris

As of this writing, OpenSolaris is available and includes an accessible install.

After you've installed OpenSolaris you should be able to move on to the configuration and use phase. If you want to do any form of GNOME application development (including building Orca from sources), you will need to install the Common Build Environment (CBE). See the CBE information on the download and installation page for more information.

Please join the OpenSolaris accessibility list for discussions regarding OpenSolaris accessibility.

Dashboard

The following table provides the status of OpenSolaris builds.

Build

Live CD

Installer

Installed System

Notes

2009.06

Accessible with Orca

Accessible with Orca

Accessible with Orca

Installation Notes.

b129

Accessible with Orca

Accessible with Orca

Accessible with Orca

Installation Notes. Issues with DDU.

Quick Smoke Tests to Try

  • Boot the OpenSolaris live CD and run the installer. No need to do the actual install if you don't want to overwrite your system. You just need to make sure the live CD speaks when it boots and that the installer speaks when it is run.

  • Set up accessible login (/usr/sbin/gdmsetup) and try to run Orca with speech (Ctrl+s). Invariably, something related to this *always* breaks from release to release and it's very difficult and time consuming to diagnose. But, we need to know if it failed or not.
  • If you have some level of vision, do a very quick check of theming via System->Preferences->Appearance. Check the high contrast and high contrast inverse themes. They generally always work.

  • Do a quick run of test-speech to make sure it speaks. This catches audio issues.
  • Do a quick run of the 'magnifier' command to catch X server configuration problems:

magnifier -f -z 4 -m --smoothing-type bilinear-interpolation
  • If you have some level of vision, run Orca and enable the magnifier. Tab to a text area and arrow around the text. The caret should update. Disable the magnifier and quit orca.
  • Run Orca with speech and the braille monitor enabled. Go through the system menus (i.e., Alt+F1 followed by arrowing around). This catches general a11y infrastructure issues. Also go through the icons in the top panel. This catches some more subtle libgail-gnome issues.
  • With Orca running with speech and the braille monitor enabled, run OOo and go through its menus. Also take a look at the hierarchy using accerciser. This catches general a11y issues with OOo.
  • With Orca running with speech and the braille monitor enabled, run Firefox and navigate through a web page using the Tab and arrow keys. Also take a look at the hierarchy using accerciser. This catches general a11y issues with FF/Gecko.
  • With Orca running with speech and the braille monitor enabled, run yelp and navigate through some help pages using the Tab and arrow keys. Also take a look at the hierarchy using accerciser. This catches general a11y issues with the yelp hookup to Gecko and GTK+.
  • With Orca running with speech and the braille monitor enabled, run the packagemanager and navigate through it. Pay attention to the output when navigating the package list -- do the installed/uninstalled images speak correctly? This spot checks some a11y issues we've been working on with the team.
  • With Orca running with speech and the braille monitor enabled, check the logout dialog. It *should* speak.
  • "rm ~/.gnome2/keyrings/*", run orca with speech and the braille monitor enabled, then login to pidgin and tell it to save your password (you might need and AIM account). The GNOME keyring dialog that appears should be spoken by Orca.
  • With Orca running as with speech and the braille monitor enabled, Ctrl+Alt+Tab to the top panel and try to navigate to all the items using Tab and/or the arrow keys (Tab gets you movement in some cases, the arrow keys are needed in others). For the icons in the upper left, you might need to press Ctrl+F1 to bring up their tooltip. Otherwise, they tend to just say "icon".
  • Run brltty with a braille display connected. Then run Orca to make sure it can connect. The brltty command I use is as follows:

pfexec brltty -d /dev/term/0 -bauto -xno -p none -A auth=none -n


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Projects/Orca/OpenSolaris (last edited 2013-12-28 19:25:18 by WilliamJonMcCann)