Accessible Oracle Solaris 11 - released!
By Peter Korn on Nov 09, 2011
Moments ago, my computer spoke to me: "Oracle Solaris installation is complete. Review the Oracle Solaris installation log for more information." This was followed by "Oracle Solaris installation log button" (telling me that that is the focused button on my screen). Three TAB presses later ("Quit button", "Help button", "Reboot button") and a press of the RETURN key, and my computer rebooted with a brand spanking new accessible installation of Solaris 11, Oracle's latest operating system release that was just announced earlier today!
I began my involvement in Solaris accessibility work just over 11 years ago, with the GNOME Accessibility Summit that we held during the annual Closing the Gap conference in Minneapolis Minnesota, October 19, 2000. Sun had decided to give its Solaris desktop a face lift into the modern world, and choose to do that with GNOME. And I was tapped to help the Sun Ireland engineering team - the initial home for GNOME at Sun - build accessibility into GNOME, and thereby into Solaris.
In the intervening 11 years a lot has happened that help make Solaris 11 accessible, with a LiveCD that can talk right through the installation process. Oracle Solaris 11 is the culmination of many many staff-years of work, begun at Sun, and completed at Oracle, with lots of community contributions along the way (GNOME, Firefox, etc.). And now it is available for use!