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Over the last few months I have been getting used to my new Distro of choice, Arch Linux. It has been an excellent experience so far. I am really enjoying my new choice of graphical desktop too, XFCE. The XFCE accessibility is in pretty good shape, but new progress is kind of slow, and the accessibility list almost never responds to queries. There is a lot of potential though, and I am hoping for the best. If you follow the arch installation guide and are interested in setting up XFCE with accessibility, you will need to install the orca and speech-dispatcher packages. Remember to run spd-conf before launching speech-dispatcher for the first time. One of the really great things about Arch Linux is you aren’t forced to use pulseaudio by default. So, if you hate pulseaudio as much as I do, remember to set your sound output to alsa in the speech-dispatcher configurations. To enable accessibility, you will need to add the following line to your .xinitrc
That should be enough to get you up and running, if you decide to enter the wonderful world of Arch.