brltty and libusb package ?

Corinna Vinschen
Wed Nov 2 08:55:00 GMT 2005

On Nov  1 14:42, Samuel Thibault wrote:
> Hi,
> « BRLTTY[1] is a background process (daemon) which provides access to
> the Linux/Unix console (when in text mode) for a blind person using a
> refreshable braille display. It drives the braille display, and provides
> complete screen review functionality. Some speech capability has also
> been incorporated. »
> Since we recently ported it to Windows, we thought it might be useful to
> include it in the cygwin distribution for much easier installation by
> people.
> The code is GPL for the daemon part and LGPL for the client-API part.
> Debian put it in the "admin" section, I guess cygwin categories Admin,
> System or Utils would be appropriate.
> Would it be ok to include it in cygwin?

Is it ported to Cygwin then?  If it's a native Win app, I'd rather
think that it should not be packed with Cygwin.

> Braille devices are more and more using USB connections. Brltty uses
> libusb-win32[2] for accessing them. This isn't packaged in cygwin
> yet. Was it ever considered packaging? (it is GPL/LGPL)

The web page mentions that it's not working for MingW or Cygwin, so
it seems there's still some porting effort necessary.


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