Smile. Well, with Mac OS X sudden growth in popularity, Ubuntu Linux now
firmly rated the third desktop PC operating system world wide, etc it
only makes sense that software companies are migrating to cross platform
software design. One reason Mozilla's Firefox web browser has taken the
web browser market by storm is simply because it is practically
supported on every computer in the world. Weather you run a Mac, Windows
PC, have a Linux PC, own a surver with Solaris, FreeBSD, Linux, Windows,
etc there is a version of Firefox for you. The number of people using
Firefox now is far greater than Internet Explorer which is proprietary
and native to Windows platforms.
Of course Firefox is open source, and has a wide comunity base. However,
over the last two years or so I've seen a shift in polocy with
commercial products as well. Just in access tech alone we have seen more
and more access products such as text to speech systems go cross
platform. I think it is atrend that could continue if companies such as
Del continue to prromote Ubuntu Linux laptops and desktops along side
there Windows Vista systems.
Anyway, that trend isn't limited to sighted computer users. There is a
small spike in blind computer users now looking at alternatives to
Windows. i know of a handful of blind gamers on this list alone that
have gone Mac. I know of even more on the Linux lists that have gone
Linux for one reason or another. In both cases the one common problem
they share is a lack of high quality games. Up until recently accessible
gaming has been almost exclusively a Windows thing. As one of those
computer users that use Linux quite a lot I myself want to see
accessible games come to the Linux platform. So I have both the skill
and the desire so why not do it?
Lukás Hosnedl wrote:
Wow, I didn't have a slightest clue that there were so many
cross-platform engines out there. This is what results from ignorance
and lack of interest or research. :-D But yeah, I see, it has more cons
than pros for your purpose, so self-voicing is really gonna be a better
choice. Not too many gamers would probably buy a voice along with the
game itself. :-)
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