running linux on laptops

hank smith hanksmith4 at
Mon Aug 15 06:44:15 UTC 2005

what is the linuxlaptop site?
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "MICHAEL WEAVER" <michaelweaver1 at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2005 1:11 PM
Subject: running linux on laptops

>I am thinking of purchasing a laptop. This may be a better solution for 
>example if I am wanting support from my local linux user group as I would 
>be able to take a Laptop to Vox Bar where my LUG meets and they may be able 
>to help me get Linux up and running.
> However I have a question.
> How much system resources does speech use when running Linux with 
> screenreaders and software speech?
> I want to be sure that I get a Laptop that not only will run Linux but 
> that will support speech through the soundcard.
> My sister knows someone through her boyfriend or maybe ex boyfriend as 
> recently they were having difficulty who she claims can build systems 
> because he knows about hardware but I am dubious as to whether he would 
> only know about building systems to Windows specifications only.
> I have taken a brief look at the Linux howto through going through the 
> Ubuntu Installation Guide and have had a brief look at the Linux Laptops 
> site as well.
> I wonder if it maybe better to see if my sister's contact does have the 
> knowledge to build a laptop to Linux specs or whether I should just try 
> and find one in a store?
> I was thinking of installing Linux on my PC in my flat which is already 
> connected to my Broadband MODEM which I have backed up but need to be 
> careful as I am beginner to Linux. Dad said he could give me an old 
> desktop only there isn't really any room for it in my computer room and as 
> it wouldn't be connected to my Broadband MODEM, I might have a problem for 
> example if I were to install Ubuntu, I wouldn't be able to do the command 
> to get Gnopernicus.
> Hope someone can give me advice.
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