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Roger Butenuth



Roger Butenuth was born in 1967 in Bielefeld, Germany. He has studied computer science, at University of Karlsruhe, Germany where he worked on operating systems for parallel computers, starting with Transputers and later on SCI connected PCs, running Linux (also at University of Paderborn, Germany)
Since 1999 he is working for sd&m, a software company specialized in custosm software.

Brass is a new program that tries to make Linux better accessable for blind users. It combines speech and braille output. The current version is only a test version, I hope there will be some testers or - even better - somebody who helps writing docmentation or developing the code.

Some features of brass:
  • Supports several types of braille terminals connected to the serial port
  • Multilingual speech support (currently English and German)
  • Support for several hardware synthesizers
  • Speech without any hardware synthesizer through a soundcard.
  • Can be controlled by keys on the braille terminal and with the keyboard (this needs a kernel patch).
  • Modular code, easy to extend
  • Website
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