Re: Virtual Linux and NVDA?

Dan Miner

Setting up a basic ssh server is quite easy these days. I don't recall you mentioning a distro but it could be as easy as typing in a terminal :

apt install openssh-server


yum install openssh-server

Now, you need to be sure your VM application has fully "grabbed" the keyboard for that magic shortcut to work since you need it sent to Linux and not the host system. Often it is using the right control key to switch in and out like a toggle button.

Now if you fill somewhat confident in your typing skills, it is possible to do a sequence of steps that will work on about 90% of the distros out there. You just need to know the default user for the distro and it have sudo rights if not an admin user. The idea is to take advantage of most distros put a virtual console on VC1, get yourself there, login, and install openssh.... all in the "dark". Using today's seeing apps can be a big help here too.

Remember, you have a VM.. backup the initial disk image and you can destroy it to your heart's delight. *smile* Snapshots are very useful for this too.

Now, I do feel this is off topic for this mailing list but if you feel a need to continue then I suggest moving it to NVDA chat at a minimum.


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Damien Garwood
Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2021 4:13 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Virtual Linux and NVDA?

Hi Dan,
Yeah, I thought that when it booted and I got nothing. I was just getting absolutely no response - ended up having to do a hard shutdown.
And then it clicked - same machine, but...Well. Different machine!
I don't know how to set up an SSH server, which is why I ideally need it to work locally. But if it's not possible, it's not possible and I guess I'll have to learn some more advanced wizardry to be able to get stuff done. Including switching back to Windows. I must admit, this is my first time with VM's - whole new (and rather intimidating) area of computing for me.

On 10/01/2021 10:49 pm, Dan Miner via wrote:
You have to understand that a VM provided by VirtualBox or VMWare is very much like having a whole different computer running. NVDA can't "reach in" and inspect the applications. So, you will have to get orca running within the VM itself for GUIs. Be sure you have sound enabled for the VM and the popular distributions can typically have orca turned on via pressing WIN+ALT+S once you believe you have the GUI running. If you don't plan to use a GUI, then you will need to get that Linux system to boot up with SpeakUp ,Fenrir, or some virtual console screen reader of your choice. With a command-line only method, I would just ssh into the box like your previous VPS set up.


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Damien
Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2021 1:11 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Virtual Linux and NVDA?

Hi there,
Yeah, that's what I've been doing up to now myself. But I'm cancelling my VPS subscription soon, so really I need a localised way, if there is one.

On 10/01/2021 06:39 pm, Oleksandr Gryshchenko wrote:
Hi Damien,

Usually I connect to a Linux machine via ssh and work with it via the
command line.


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