Anders Holmberg anders at pipkrokodil.se
Fri Dec 27 22:39:18 UTC 2013

I don't know really.
But you're right.
But does grml comes with braille?
I guess you can install braille but i don't want to mess things up.
And i would like to use braille rather than speech.
27 dec 2013 kl. 08:17 skrev Janina Sajka <janina at rednote.net>:

> So, the goal is to check the integrity of a hard drive? If so, there are
> far better ways, imo, to go about this task. My approach would be to
> first boot grml then use standard Linux tools, e.g. e2fsck and the
> smartmontools like smartctl.
> This approach is fully accessible.
> So, what does spinWrite give you that you can't do per the above?
> Janina
> Tim Chase writes:
>> On December 26, 2013, Anders Holmberg wrote:
>>> Has anyone on the list tried spinrite for linux?
>>> There seems to be a version but i am not sure if its console or gui
>>> based. It might or might not work with screenreaders or brltty.
>> Based on what I've picked up on Steve Gibson's "Security Now"
>> podcast, I believe that Spinrite has its own boot loader, possibly
>> FreeDOS, so you boot it on its own.  I also understand that it's
>> OS-agnostic regarding the content of the drive, so you can check any
>> type of OS/drive regardless of how it's formatted or partitioned.
>> It might be possible to use a screen-reader with it if you had the
>> following scenario:
>>  1) boot an accessible OS that doesn't touch the drive you want to
>>  test (perhaps from a CD or flash drive)
>>  2) bring up an accessible virtualization program (I'm ignorant in
>>  this department, but others might chime in).  This is the key
>>  element, so you'd have to test this first.  Perhaps boot a FreeDOS
>>  boot-disk in a virtual machine and play around to make sure it does
>>  what you want.
>>  3) mount the actual drive that you want to check as a virtual drive
>>  in the virtual machine
>>  4) mount the SpinRite boot disk in the virtual machine
>>  5) boot the VM off the SpinRite drive
>> Theoretically, it should start up, see the virtual drive and operate
>> on it as if you had it in a real machine, but being made accessible
>> via the virtualization program.  Steve mentioned folks doing
>> something like this successfully, but you might want to ring their
>> tech-support to verify that.
>> -tim
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