Hello from a new member, and some questions

Tony Baechler tony at baechler.net
Tue Jun 5 04:29:31 UTC 2007

Hi, let me just add here that the installer is very difficult with 
Window-Eyes and it's probably easier to install everything if you 
have a few gigs of space.  Also, while not recommended, you can 
manually install packages.  Just untar them into a temp dir, move 
files to the right places and run the postinst scripts under bash.  I 
did it that way because the installer is so very frustrating.  If you 
have an old machine around, it's far easier to take the plunge and 
install Linux itself.  It's also much, much faster than trying to run 
text mode programs on top of Windows which is a huge memory hog anyway.

At 12:26 PM 5/30/07 -0400, you wrote:
>If you have enough CPU power and disk space you can install Cygwin. 
>I haven't used Jaws speech all that much but I'm pretty sure it 
>works fairly well. The installer appears unusable at first glance 
>but once you get the hang of it it's not a _total_ bust.
>Check out www.cygwin.com. You can have a basic system (which is the 
>way to start anyway) for a relatively small disk usage. It'll give 
>you the command shell, some man pages and an editor or three (and a 
>lot more too), and you can with some difficulty select additional 
>packages to install later. And if you have a braille display, brltty 
>under Cygwin works just as well as under Linux. Another nice thing 
>is that you wouldn't have to reboot to use Windows programs and the 
>screen reader would be the one you've been using in Windows.

Tony Baechler
Baechler Productions

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