[Athen] Assistive Technology on VMs with Application Streaming?

Al Puzzuoli alpuzz at msu.edu
Tue Mar 3 11:45:43 PST 2009

For years, the software image used in all our campus labs has included
assistive technologies such as Jaws, Kurzweil 3000, and Zoomtext. Over
the next few months, the infrastructure of our lab environment is going
to be reworked. All our current PCs will basically be used as Thick
clients, which over time are to be replaced by Thin clients. upon
starting, the clients will boot to Linux, with Firefox running in kiosk
mode. Users will be presented with a simple login web page. After
logging in, a Windows XP VM will be streamed to the client.

The base VM is going to be very vanilla, with most apps being streamed
to the VM as needed. These streaming packages will be built using
Altiris Streaming Composer. Is there anyone else dealing with a
similar setup? If so, I would be very curious to compare notes as to
any accessibility issues you have needed to overcome. My biggest
concern is video chaining issues with apps such as Jaws and Zoomtext.


Al Puzzuoli

Michigan State University

Information Technologist
http://www.rcpd.msu.edu <http://www.rcpd.msu.edu/>

Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities

120 Bessey Hall East Lansing, MI 48824-1033


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