Screen reader availability in the main Garuda iso

Hello there everyone,

I am a blind Arch linux user who has been using vanilla Arch for about 6 months now.
For a change, and to integrate my workflow with my sighted colleagues at school, I’d like to switch over to Garuda because I’ve heard that the main garuda looks awesome!
Before doing so, however, I’d like to know if the screen reader, Orca, is available in the iso itself. Without it it would be impossible for me to even test the live environment.
Thanks for any help, and I hope I selected the right category. I wanted to select “Garuda installer images”, I hope my chrome and Orca were agreeing on something for once when i clikced on it.
Thanks for any answer.

Welcome to Garuda @francesco !

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thank you very much @tusharhero

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Unfortunately Orca is not included in any of the ISO images for the various editions.
Sometimes it is possible to install packages on the live system (although this is not persistent and often many errors are shown), but I see Orca has a lot of dependencies and I doubt it would work.
Maybe a goodwill developer/ maintainer could build an ISO including Orca? :blush:
I’m not able to do it…

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Oh dang!
That’s fine, I’m going to try installing it anyway, just to see if it works, I’ll report back.
question though: after booting into the iso, will I be in the live env immediately or do I have to do something to get into it?
Also, should I post something in any category to bring it to other peep’s attention?

The first screen shown is the GRUB menu.
There are two options allowing to boot using free or proprietary drivers (depending on your system) and other stuff.
Unfortunately I don’t remember the order and have not my PC available this morning.
Don’t worry about the category.
We’ll move the thread as needed. It depends on the tyoe of issue.

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Thanks again!
I Have tried, with no luck, to boot into the iso. I hope that someday someone will either create an iso with Orca on it or add it to the already existing isos.
In the mean while, I’d like to thank you again for how quick and helpful you have been.

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Reading your post in the KDE 6 testing thread, I think you had a very good idea.
Rather than diving into the KDE 6 testing (unless you are really interested in that), you could try transforming your Arch in Garuda (especially if you have a spare Arch installation to test).
Edit your/etc/pacman.conf and add the Garuda repo as first, and the Chaotic-AUR as last.
Something like this:

Include = /etc/pacman.d/chaotic-mirrorlist

Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

# If you want to run 32 bit applications on your x86_64 system,
# enable the multilib repositories as required here.

Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

#SigLevel = Never
Include = /etc/pacman.d/chaotic-mirrorlist

Install the chaotic keyring and mirrorlist:

sudo pacman-key --recv-key 3056513887B78AEB --keyserver
sudo pacman-key --lsign-key 3056513887B78AEB
sudo pacman -U ''
sudo pacman -U '' 

Update your system and finally install the garuda-dr460nized package (there are equivalents for other editions). This should bring in everything you need.

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Pacman say orca has 11,46 MiB as download size.
I think we can add it to the ISO’s if the ISO building is not affected by errors of Orca. @dr460nf1r3 ?

IIRC I had it on i3wm if we start with Garuda, and it was in autostart mode and make me crazy, smile. I need some time to find the culprit.

Thanks a bunch! you know, I didn’t think that doing what you just suggested would work, but I am happily proven wrong :smile: As for the KDE testing I’m trying to see if Plasma 6 is as accessible or more accessible than plasma 5. Logic suggests that being based on QT 6 it’s going to be more accessible than Plasma 5, but who knows? As was suggested in the other thread though, I’m not going to mess around with that, or can I, if i do what you suggested above? Thanks for being patient with me.

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I’m sure this can be done because there are several forum users which are on Arch only, and added on top as much as possible (or what they wanted) of Garuda.
I might have missed something, there are several other things to consider. For example, Garuda installer creates a btrfs file system, so we use apposite tools (e.g. grub-btrfs) and apps (e.g. btrfs maintenance), snapper, etc. that would not work starting from ext4. But everything is solvable, some errors might not hurt and for sure what is not needed can be removed.
If you decide to follow this path, I’m sure someone will be able to help.
Again, I strongly suggest using a spare system or partition.
PS: I’m patient and I’m Italian. Saluti!


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