ALViC (Accessible Linux for Visually Challenged)

ALViC is a complete desktop environment which provides a comprehensive solution for Visually Challenged users. This is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 10.04 ; and uses Orca 3.2.0 xdesktop screen reader as the main interaction mechanism for visually challenged users. They can use it out of the box because accessibility features suitable for fully blind as well as for partially blind users are enabled by default.

This product has been released under the project 'Enhancing Accessibility for FOSS Desktops' at CDAC, Mumbai. The research and development activities under this project are aimed at developing software-based assistive technologies/solutions for the differently-abled people. This project is funded by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of IT, under the NRCFOSS initiative - Phase II.

Main Features :

  • Free and open source desktop environment
  • Enhanced Orca with skim read, sentence navigation, list shortcut and structural navigation of text documents
  • PDF documents made accessible in Linux environment
  • Easy navigation and search facility on Desktop icon view
  • Accessible login for visually challenged users
  • Suitable desktop themes for partial blind
  • Other assistive tools like OCRFeeder, Audio book converter, Emerson DAISY reader, sound converter etc. useful for visually challenged users are also included.

ALViC-0.1.2 (ISO file) can be downloaded HERE.
It is advisable to go through documentation first before installing/using the distribution.


Previous versions

  • GNU/Linux for Visually Challenged v0.1.1 can be downloaded from HERE.
  • Change log from previous version in odt format (Click here ) and pdf format ( Click here )

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News & Events

ALViC- Accessible Linux for Visually Challenged was launched on 11th February, 2013 by Prof R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser, Govt. of India & Shri J. Satyanarayana, Secretary, DeitY, Ministry of Comm. & I.T., Govt. of India in the CDAC Technology Conclave on 11th Feb, 2013 at Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi in the presence of Prof Rajat Moona, Director General, CDAC. Dr. Zia Saqib, Executive Director, CDAC Mumbai, Dr. B. K. Murthy, Executive Director, CDAC, Noida and other distinguished members were also present during the event.

During the 2-days technology conclave, a number of technologies and products developed by CDAC under various thematic area were showcased.

Watch launch of ALViC here