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Old 07-11-2011, 06:31 PM   #1
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LXer: The 10 best open source apps you never heard of


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There are thousands of excellent open source programs to choose from. Here are 10 of my favorites that rarely get breathless buzz or make top 10 lists, presented in no particular order, rhyme, or reason.Orca Screen ReaderThe computer world hasn't paid enough attention to accessibility for vision, hearing, or physically-impaired computer users, so there is only a small selection of applications. One of the best is The Orca screen reader. Orca has screen magnification, text-to-speech with multiple speech synthesizers with configurable pitch and speed, male and female voices, and it supports Braille displays. Braille displays are little hardware gadgets that replace the computer monitor.

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