Hello from a new member, and some questions

Allison Mervis allisonfm at gmail.com
Sat May 26 02:29:47 UTC 2007

Thanks! I'm definitely going to check it out.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tim Chase" <blinux.list at thechases.com>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at redhat.com>
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2007 10:25 PM
Subject: Re: Hello from a new member, and some questions

>> The fact that it's no longer under development makes me
>> nervous though. But thanks! I've taken a look at the site, and
>> it looks like a great program.
> Don't let the "no longer under development" keep you from trying
> it out...one of the beautiful aspects of a live CD is that you
> can try it without it ever touching your hard-drive (unless you
> explicitly request that it does).  Oralux was a derivative of
> Knoppix which has been under steady development for a number of
> years now, and has spawned a number of custom CDs based on it.
> In turn, Knoppix was based on Debian which is still very-much
> supported.  Ubuntu is also a derivative of Debian, which shows
> the strength of this heritage.
> My suggested path would be to try Oralux first--which would cost
> you nothing more than the time to download, and the price of the
> CD to which you'd burn it.  If you like it, and it serves your
> purpose, it has some of the Knoppix tools for installing to the
> hard-drive; or you could try an install of one of its
> parent/cousin distros such as Debian or Ubuntu.  I don't know how
> accessible the installs themselves are, but both make it easy
> enough to install "yasr" and "festival" packages for
> speech/screen-reading.  Or they might even offer Speakup
> (unfortunately, my Debian install doesn't seem to know anything
> about Speakup in its repositories).
> One of the beautiful things about a live-cd combined with a USB
> thumb-drive is that you can boot off the CD from any supported
> PC, keep all your files on the thumb drive, and have access to a
> speech-enabled system with all your files, anywhere you go.
> Another alternative to a USB thumb-drive, assuming such computers
> always have network access would be to use some public file-store
> combined with FUSE (file-system in user-space) such as mounting
> "Gmail" as a folder, allowing you to keep all your files "in the
> cloud".  This is a slightly more exotic option, but certainly
> feasible.
> Anyways, I hope this gives you some ideas to play with, and gives
> you the encouragement to not be scared off by the "discontinued"
> status of Oralux.
> -tim
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