[Fwd: Puppy Linux]

Tony Baechler tony at baechler.net
Mon Jan 28 09:44:56 UTC 2008

Yes, unless there is either a. no sound card, b. no supported kernel 
driver, c. no speakers, or d. the person doesn't understand the language 
of the prompt. It's a nice idea, but I suspect the Mac has better out of 
the box sound card support. Linux will support sound cards via alsa 
drivers but I never could get it to work when I tried except for very 
basic wave files on a generic SB16. Maybe a better way would be to probe 
the serial ports for a hardware synthesizer but that could screw up 
other serial devices. I think the best bet would be a beep through the 
PC speaker after the system is booted and waiting at a prompt. That 
still isn't perfect as newer computers don't have PC speakers or they 
are very quiet but it's better than no feedback at all.

Jude DaShiell wrote:
> pebrock may fill the bill for the accessible chat program and so far 
> as I know, it's floss. If a self-booting linux gets made that puts a 
> message up on the screen and waits a certain amount of time for a 
> response then rather than going on with bringing up the rest of the 
> system asks a question over the sound system and if it gets an 
> affirmative answer turns on software speech for the rest of the 
> session then you'll have something akin to the tiger install 
> environment for the apple macintosh as well as leopard.

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