New to linux and need guidance with redhat 9 installation

Janina Sajka janina at
Mon Mar 29 23:52:39 UTC 2004

Mostly good advice, Lee. But, is there some reason anyone has to install with sighted assistance instead of with Speakup's assistance?  I should think that, if one wants speech as the final result, one would also want speech during the install.

Now, what am I missing here??

Lee Maschmeyer writes:
> Hi Jaffar,
> I don't know anything about which flavor of machine yours is, but I wonder
> if you really want to go with Red Hat 9. Unless things have changed since
> the last time I was there, support for that version ends this Thursday. You
> might be considerably ahead going with Fedora. Though all the talk about
> "bleeding edge" scares some people, I personally have had good luck with
> Fedora 1 at work and will probably install 1 or 2 at home within the next
> week or two to replace 9. It's also worth noting that 9's installer has a
> problem which makes the cursor in vertical lists appear to be a line below
> where it really is. This has been fixed in Fedora.
> There doesn't yet seem to be much documentation in the Fedora project (the
> Release Notes are good), but there is quite a bit of docs on the RH9 home
> page, including a Getting Started guide which, though it is rather
> GUI-oriented, is still pretty good. I get screamed at every time I mention
> it, but their primary focus is GUI. This means we have a few extra hoops to
> jump through and a few more rough edges. So far this hasn't become too
> significant for experienced users, so if something isn't aimed at us, don't
> get hyper right away. For example, Fedora's installer doesn't give you an
> option to have a text logon, but when you boot the first time you can go to
> a console, logon, install your speech if it isn't already there (braille
> is), and change /etc/inittab to give you text logins after that. If you've
> got some experience and sighted help, it's not too bad; if you're unfamiliar
> with Linux, it's a considerable thorn in your side until you get past it.
> Once you do get past it, though, things are mostly pretty good.
> I'm afraid this is too longwinded. Sorry,
> Lee
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