Getting started with Linux

Karl Wilbur karl at
Tue Oct 21 19:00:37 UTC 2008

Oralux was a good distro back in their day, but I think that development has
dropped off (stopped completely?) and they have basically been replaced by

Oralux site:

On Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 2:26 PM, Rob Harris <robh at> wrote:

> Suggest you look for one of the cli iso images with speakup built in,
> though
> there are more and sound card based speech systems now, but speakup had the
> benefit of talking from bootup to power down.  I still have one here,
> Slackware 9 with an old Apollo synth, but it's not been on in a year or
> more.  But this is the UK, so not cost effective to ship..  I can post any
> amount of manuals though, but you can download them anyway is my guess.
> There is a blinux list of course which you ought to be on and they can
> better advise you of the flavours and versions of Linux to get and which
> are
> the quickest or most straight forward to install.  remember there are mini
> versions out there which can start and do all the linux things without
> having to install at all.  They might be a good start.  Can't remember any
> of the names, suggest you find and join the blinux list first and take it
> from there.
> RobH.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Robert Jaquiss" <rjaquiss at>
> To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
> Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 2:48 AM
> Subject: Getting started with Linux
> Hello:
>     I want to get started learning Linux. In the past, I used Unix, so I
> hope I know some of the basic commands. My problem is how to get a box up
> and running. I have a PC that has or will have a hard drive and CD drive in
> it. There does not seem to be a local Linux group in my area of Louisiana.
> I
> use speech and have a Braillex 2D braille display. My goal is to have a box
> that I can learn enough Linux on so I can become certified and return to
> the
> workforce. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
> Regards,
> Robert Jaquiss
> West Monroe, Louisiana
> Email: rjaquiss at
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