SV: Linux without sighted help

Karen Lewellen klewellen at
Wed Feb 6 17:58:37 UTC 2008

Granted I am not looking at my post, but I feel sure I said that I already 
have a dec talk express and wish to use this.
equally granted I had not read much on Orca, but felt it was more focused 
on software not hardware synthesizer support.  However no one said anything 
so how could I clarify if the  question is entirely ignored?
I do not read every speakup post, but know that it will not be supported 
in some future distributions of  <spelling" eubentu, because of some 
kernel factors.
  In any case, I am speculating with little information.
The thread began with the discussion of starting up Linux without sighted 
This at least suggests that the screen reader would have to be a part of 
the distro package for such to happen, which is why I asked about 
distributions not screen reader programs.
So I ask again. If one is using a dec-talk express, and wants a fully 
talking Linux distribution, who has maintained the best support for this 
synthesizer?  I am using an original dec-talk express, not a USB model.
Is that better? lol!

On Wed, 6 Feb 2008, Kirk Reiser wrote:

> You probably didn't get an answer there because your question is based
> in enough ignorance that it makes it difficult to answer it.  If you
> had asked if a particular synth was supported then you would have
> probably received quite a few answers.  Why do you care which distro
> has the best hardware support?  Are you thinking of making a synth
> purchase based on a distro recommendation for a synth you don't have?
> The simple answer to your question is all of them because synth
> support is a function of the screen review package not a distribution.
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