Gentoo experience

Stephen Clower steve at
Tue Jan 25 20:28:17 UTC 2005

Hello Mike,

  While I am not running Gentoo Linux, I do know how to start the live CD with speakup. The first time the CD stops spinning when booted, type
gentoo speakup_synth={synth_name}

After that, Gentoo will come up speaking and you can take things from there.


On Tuesday, January 25, 2005, 1:51:20 PM, you stood on a roof and loudly proclaimed:

> Hi Jason,

> Are you installing from the LiveCD, or do you have another distribution on
> your drive that you're using to bootstrap it?  I used the latter approach,
> partly because I didn't know if I could get the LiveCD to talk and partly
> because I already had another distro installed and didn't want to be
> without my computer while it was building things (although doing a stage 3
> install would probably get you up and running a lot quicker).  Apparently
> the LiveCD has Speakup installed, though (I didn't know that when I did
> the install and haven't ever used it, so I can't comment any more than
> that).

> I just looked at the genkernel x86 config, and it includes Speakup if you
> build a 2.6 kernel with the synthesizers being loaded as modules. I'm
> assuming that this means that it wouldn't read boot messages, so you might
> want to modify the config or build a kernel manually once you got it
> installed.

> And, yeah, it is handy to have the install guide available while you're
> installing; I'd suggest either getting it or a quick reference brailled if
> you can or keeping it open in another window/console.

> Sorry for the non-answer, but let me know if there is anything I can do to
> help.

> -- Michael Gorse / AIM:linvortex / --

> On Tue, 25 Jan 2005, Jason Castonguay wrote:

>> Hello everyone.
>> I am looking into installing Gentoo Linux.  I have begun reading the
>> installation handbook available within their documentation and it sounds
>> fascinating.  One problem I have, however, is that there seem to be so
>> many steps.  Although I have no problem following directions, I thought
>> the installation process would be something one could memorize. Perhaps
>> I need to keep a quick reference on hand during installation?  It does
>> appear, however, that once installed, a person would probably not have
>> to go through that again since they can use the `emerge' utility to keep
>> their system updated.
>> So, I just want to hear some thoughts or ideas from others who may have
>> tried this distribution.  Was speakup easy to get going during
>> installation?  What about brltty?
>> Thanks for any and all feedback.
>> Best regards,
>> -- 
>> Jason Castonguay

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