Orca is a free screen reader and magnifier for Linux computers. It speaks on-screen information using a synthetic voice, and can be used with an (optional) braille display.
Orca comes with many different versions of Linux (known as "distros"), including Ubuntu, Solaris, Debian, Fedora and Vinux. Vinux is a Linux distro specifically designed for blind and partially sighted people.
Orca comes with voices from the Festival or eSpeak synthesizers (depending on which Linux distro you use).
- Manufacturer: Gnome
- Price: Free
- Platform: Linux
Getting started with Orca
Orca starts automatically if you use the Vinux distro. For other distros you will need to refer to the documentation for that version to find out how to start Orca.
Training and tutorials for Orca
Getting help with Orca
Gnome runs an email discussion list for Orca developers and users.
BCAB runs an email discussion forum. The BCAB forum is for discussion about all kinds of technology, so it’s a great place to get help from Orca users in the UK. It's free to join, just create an account.