[arch-general] my intro

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at shellworld.net
Sun Aug 8 19:25:09 EDT 2010

There were two accessibility developments that made this possible.  First 
the speakup project http://www.linuxspeakup.org/ was the first.  Then 
there was the espeakup project.  The Linux Speakup project made Linux talk 
over a set ofhardware speech synthesizers.  Then the espeakup project 
added onto the Linux speakup project by using a system's sound card and 
speakers rather than a hardware speech synthesizer.  After that, Chris 
Brannon put it altogether in the form of a talking arch linux installation 
disk.  That was announced on the speakup mailing list and I'm interested 
in installing what accessible Linux flavors that are available so I know 
how to do that in the future.  Another thing is with each Linux 
installation I learn things about security and other considerations and 
those get applied to future installations.  I also get to learn lots about 
my hardware, not all of it good but not all of it bad either.On Sat, 7 Aug 
2010, David C. Rankin wrote:

> On 08/07/2010 09:20 PM, Sven-Hendrik Haase wrote:
>>  Nice to see Arch being used by blind users. Good job, Chris.
> Wow!
> 	I commend you Jude for your shear moxie in getting a Linux distro up 
> and running which is no small task for people with 20/20 vision. And the 
> setup from Chris, I'll have to check that out. Just thinking out what that 
> would entail, from the initial boot, the install and finally to a running OS 
> without the sight sense, that is nothing short of incredible. How do you do 
> it?
> 	Seriously, what tools are available that, I guess in some sense, must 
> speak the prompts so you know what's going on? Just curious more than 
> anything else.
> 	The only thing I can think of is some type of modification to the 
> prompt that would process the prompt though an OCR utility and then to a 
> text-to-speech app, but what about before that setup is installed? That's 
> pretty amazing and sounds like some cool technology.
> 	Best of luck and if you need any help, just ask -- or type. (although 
> by the sound of it, I may be the one asking you for help).
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