advice please

krishnakant Mane krmane at
Thu May 1 12:14:19 UTC 2008

Emacspeak is exactly what you would love on the command line because
as said by tim, shell in gnu/linux has a much better range of
softwares and emacspeak can be a great desktop.
it can do every thing for you and with the configuration you gave, it
will fly like a rocket.
you can learn about emacs and thus emacspeak from a lot of resources.
happy hacking.

On 01/05/2008, Tim Chase <blinux.list at> wrote:
> (sorry if this is a mailer gave an odd error when I
> sent previously, so I'm not sure it went through the first time)
> > A work computer will shortly be spare to requirements and would be a
> > good opportunity for me to begin using Linux. this PC is a 2.6
> > celleron with 512 Mb of RAM.
> These specs are considerably better than my own Linux box (an 800
> MHz celeron laptop with only 320 megs of memory) and it runs
> fine.  Not stellar, but fine.  It should run quite nicely on the
> box you describe.
> Obscure hardware is the one piece it's hard to tell about:
> -unsupported sound card (rare)
> -soft-modem (if you have dialup rather than broadband)
> -network card (NIC) or wireless built-in
> The NIC isn't usually a problem, but sometimes wireless can be
> ornery.
> > I would appreciate any advice that would get me up and
> > running.
> I'd burn a bootable CD of your favorite Linux distro (such as
> Ubuntu, GRML, or I believe there's a Red-Hat live-CD with Speakup
> built into it) and just try it at work to see what's identified.
>   It might even be something you could test while the PC is still
> at work...just pop in the CD (might need sighted help to change
> the BIOS boot-order), and then probe around to see what does or
> doesn't work.
> If you're comfortable in Dos, it will take you a short while to
> get used to the more powerful command-prompt in Linux (mostly
> learning the new names for common commands you already use), but
> once you get used to it, it's hard to go back.  I still use both
> regularly, and a true shell beats the pants off of Dos.
> Linux also has a much richer catalog of software designed to work
> well from the command-line.  Text editors, calenders, browsers,
> email, todo-managers, calculators, spreadsheets, etc.  I've
> started cataloging some of my favorites (or ones I hear that
> others use commonly) at
> Hope this helps,
> -tim
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