Re: Free JAWS licence that was anounced today

Jesse Farquharson

On 3/23/2020 2:49 PM, Austin Pinto wrote:
also many people have told me that nvda is not as secure as jaws which
i think is totally wrong.
I have heard this, so many times, and it takes me everything I have not to literally laugh in the faces of those I hear that from.
JAWS is a closed source program, just like, for instance, Microsoft Word or Outlook. That means that you can't crack them open and see what they're doing, and as such, for all you know you could be installing key loggers on your computer. And yet, schools all over the world use both programs.

JAWS could be a simple screenreader, but as I said, it's closed source. So the security risks are unknown.

NVDA, being an opensource program, means that you can have someone who is qualified come in to externally audit the software and say, "yes, this program is absolutely safe," if you are inclined to do so.

There are only real risks when you install addons from unknown sources, as all of those which are on the community addons page have been verified as safe by the rest of the community.

So really, which is the bigger risk here?

On 3/23/20, Sky Mundell <> wrote:
Correct! I totally get your point and I agree with you 100%.

From: <> On Behalf Of Brian Vogel
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 11:16 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Free JAWS licence that was anounced today

On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 02:02 PM, Sky Mundell wrote:

I am certainly in favor of client
choice and I am in favor of cheaper stuff but at the moment its going to be
real tough to get organisations to realize that NVDA even exists let alone
trying it out.

And having slogged that road I can say you're correct. That being said,
it's only if we keep beating the NVDA-option drum that it will ever make
inroads in both commercial and academic environments to a much greater
extent than it already has.

JAWS being the "granddaddy of all screen readers" means that it has a
massively huge head start. But I think Vispero sees the writing on the
wall, as both NVDA and Narrator are both strong competitors, and will only
keep becoming stronger ones. I believe that's why the whole new
subscription licensing came into existence. People are now balking at what
had historically been asked as far as price for JAWS.


Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909, Build 18363

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