janina at rednote.net
Sat Dec 28 01:03:47 UTC 2013
Yes, brltty is supported and present in the iso image that I have on my
bootable USB stick. So, it seems you could start brltty as readily as I
start Speakup when booting grml.
Anders Holmberg writes:
> 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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