Using a server distro

Octavian Râşniţă orasnita at
Mon Jul 20 16:34:10 UTC 2009


No, I don't have a hardware synthesizer. I installed a VMWare image with 
Vinux and it works fine, although I still need to learn how to use speakup 
and Orca.

Does anyone know what happened with IBM Via Voice and if it can be used with 
Orca? It is far better than the eSpeak synth. I know that there were some 
legal issues regarding the licence and that's why it is not used anymore, 
which is... too bad.

Thank you.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John G. Heim" <jheim at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Monday, July 20, 2009 5:18 PM
Subject: Re: Using a server distro

> Do you have a hardware synth? I always do a minimal debian install when I 
> need a server machine. The reason is that then you get the minimum amount 
> of bogus stuff that you don't need. At a point in the debian install, you 
> get a chance to select what set of packages you want installed and if you 
> uncheck desktop applications, the install takes up only  about 2 Mb.  It's 
> not so much the disk space that matters as it is that having just the 
> basic packages makes the system easier to maintain. It's just a 
> probability statement after all. Fewer packages, fewer problems. Plus, 
> you're less likely to have problems with core packages than with some of 
> the more advanced, more complicated packages.
> AFAIK,  you need a hardware synth to do a debian install.  Although, you 
> can probably do a serial console install. I haven't tried one of those in 
> years though.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Octavian Râşniţă" <orasnita at>
> To: <blinux-list at>
> Sent: Saturday, July 18, 2009 7:12 AM
> Subject: Using a server distro
>> Hi,
>> I would like to use a Linux server distribution and I don't know which 
>> would be the best solution for a blind today.
>> It would be very good to be able to use Debian/Ubuntu but I don't know if 
>> the server distribution is as accessible as the desktop one, and I don't 
>> need desktop apps like Open Office, but I need to use the computer for 
>> running web-based apps.
>> Please tell me which is the best solution for using Linux in command line 
>> mode, without needing to use a hardware synthesizer.
>> Thank you.
>> Octavian
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