Debian speakup-modified installation?

John G. Heim jheim at
Fri Jul 8 15:43:06 UTC 2005

One mistake I made the first time I installed speakup is that I installed 
the 2.6 kernel instead of the 2.4 speakup-modified kernel. You're given a 
choice but if you install the 2.6 kernel, then you don't get speakup.

One thing that isn't clear in your message is how you know speakup isn't 
there. You don't have a synth so obviously, it's not speaking. You say you 
have sighted assistance so I'm guessing your friend installed it for you? 
Probably speech wasn't working during the install either, right?

I have an external synth but I know that if I don't have it connected and 
turned on at boot time, I don't get speech. There is probably some way to 
get it started but usually, I just reboot.

At 10:16 AM 7/8/2005, you wrote:
>I downloaded the Debian modified distribution with speakup built in.
>I want to get software speech going on a laptop for which i do not have a 
>hw synth.
>I'll have some sighted help.
>I tried and got a linux running, but it does not look as if speakup is there.
>I will ssh into the laptop once the linux is running from my desktop.
>I intend to then configure the software speech.  Most people here are 
>using Debian, but I have only worked with Redhat/Fedora  reasently
>and with Slacware long ago.
>Any tips welcome.
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