installing speakup

John Heim jheim at
Mon Nov 12 16:38:28 UTC 2007

Do you require a custom kernel? It would be easier to download a kernel with 
speakup already compiled in. You can do that by going to

If you are using debian linux, you can do this:

1. Add the following line to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:

deb ./

2. At the linux command line, type

apt-get update
apt-get install linux-image-2.6.18-speakup-686

3. Reboot

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Daniel Dalton" <daniel.dalton47 at>
To: "Speakup is a screen review system for Linux." <speakup at>; 
"Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 4:33 AM
Subject: installing speakup

> Hi,
> Ok I want to install speakup.
> I used apt-get source to get my kernel.
> I then went to /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.185 I'm not sure exactly what the 
> dir is called but something like that.
> I entered that dir with cd.
> I then typed:
> cp ** /usr/src/linux
> I had created the linux dir obviously.
> So is what I did ok?
> I heard that the kernel must be in /usr/src/linux for it to work. So will 
> mine work?
> Now I am trying to get the speakup files. The server seems to be down and 
> I can't get them.
> Could someone please send them to me or give me a link to them?
> I am looking for speakup-2.0.tar or whatever it is called.
> And do I just extract the tar file anywhere and run install or what ever 
> from the speakup dir anywhere?
> Basically I am asking where does the speakup stuff have to be extracted 
> to?
> Do I need to be good with linux to patch a kernel? Is this complicated 
> stuff?
> And my last question:
> I am using the grub bootloader. Once I have patched the kernel with 
> speakup and installed it what do I do to grub?
> And how do I do this?
> Sorry about all the questions but I am just not sure on patching kernels 
> and stuff.
> All help is greatly appreciated.\
> Cheers,
> Daniel.
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