Hello from a new member, and some questions

Anders Holmberg anders at pipkrokodil.se
Wed May 30 16:42:56 UTC 2007

If you install grml which i think i will.
Can you run brltty or yascr on that distro?
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: John Heim 
  To: Linux for blind general discussion 
  Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 3:44 PM
  Subject: Re: Hello from a new member, and some questions

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: "Allison Mervis" <allisonfm at gmail.com>
  To: <blinux-list at redhat.com>
  Sent: Friday, May 25, 2007 8:21 PM
  Subject: Hello from a new member, and some questions

  > Hi all!
  > My name is Allison, and I am very new to the world of Linux. I read what 
  > seemed like the portions of the FAQ which pertain to my situation, but I 
  > still have some questions.
  > Right now, I'm using an Acer laptop running Windows XP home SP2. What I 
  > would like to do is burn an image of a version of Linux bundled with a 
  > Screen reader onto A CD, (I think the correct term is live CD) insert it 
  > into the drive, restart my computer, and have Linux boot up talking. I do 
  > not own a hardware synth, and I understand that this limits my options. I 
  > then want to be able to restart the computer, and tell it to boot back up 
  > in windows. Is such a thing possible? Thanks!

  Sorry it took me so long to respond but I was on vacation.

  Yes, a CD that you can boot your computer from without effecting the 
  operating system on your hard drive is called a live CD.

  My opinion is that you should start with grml.  It's pronounced gremel. You 
  can download it from www.grml.org.  Oralux would also be a good choice. In 
  some ways oralux is easier to use than grml but in some ways it's harder. If 
  you start with oralux, you should be able to get speech immediately. But 
  after it finishes booting, you'll be in emacs which has an extremely high 
  learning curve. With grml, it's just a bit more difficult to get speech 
  started but once you get it started, you're just at a linux shell prompt. 
  And then anything you do from a tutorial on learning linux should work.  If 
  you start with oralux, you'd have to learn at least a little about emacs 
  before you can start learning about linux.

  Another thing to consider is what your goal is. Are you learning linux 
  because you're a computer professional? If so, that would make a difference 
  as to how I think you should proceed.  I think it is an extremely good 
  career move if you're blind to learn linux. I don't think I'd be employed if 
  I didn't know linux. But, linux isn't easy to learn.

  Another point to consider is your hardware. You mentioned that you have an 
  Acer computer. Do you know the amount of memory and the speed of the CPU? 
  Someone else mentioned ubuntu. This is a live CD that runs a graphical user 
  interface. As a result, it has some minimal hardware requirements. I've 
  found that in order to get acceptable performance, you need at least 256 Mb 
  of RAM and a 1.8 Ghz processor.  A computer that is 4 years old or newer 
  should work. It might work on an older computer but if you are used to JAWS 
  you will be disappointed.

  The ubuntu CD would have the additional disadvantage in that you will have 
  to learn how to use the graphical user interface as well as the screen 

  TThe last point to consider  about the ubuntu CD is that the screen reader 
  it uses, called orca, is still under development. Oralux uses something 
  called emacspeak which is very stable and grml uses something called speakup 
  which is also very stable. I am only guessing but I really think that the 
  vast majority of blind professionals use speakup.

  PS: You can use speakup with the live oralux CD. I've never tried it though. 
  I'm not sure what advantage that would have over using grml.

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