running windows on linux with speech?

Karl Wilbur karl at
Tue Sep 14 18:57:06 UTC 2004

hank smith wrote:

> hello I am wanting to switch to linux but need access to some windows aps.
> was wondering if any one has gotten jaws, or window eyes to work under linux using either virtual machine's, or wine?
> if so whitch one, and what screen reader, and what was performance like?
> my spects on this machine are p4 2.4 ghz, 512 meg ram 20 gb hd
> thanks
> hank
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If you were to do an "everything" install of the latest version of Red Hat's Linux (Fedora Core 2) you'd have Gnopernicus installed. Within Gnopernicus you'll have a screen reader and screen magnifier.  I have used both and found them somewhat clumsy and difficult to use.  Being a sighted user, I think that I had a better experience that a non-sighted user, but maybe not.  I have also used Window-Eyes and Jaws and found both of them very difficult to use and quite a painful experience. So, this might give you an idea of what to expect from Gnopernicus.

I am currently working on a command-line-based custom Linux distribution with full speech based on LFS ( and will post more on this as the project moves along.  Hopefully it will be easy to use.

I'd like to find a way go get audio from GRUB or LILO to aid in a dual boot environment.  If there any suggestions, I'm all ears.

Karl Wilbur
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