Installing Linux

mattias mj at
Thu Mar 7 08:23:46 UTC 2013

hm i have never got speech work

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tony Baechler" <tony at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Thursday, March 07, 2013 9:18 AM
Subject: Installing Linux

> The showrt answer is a definite yes.  At the risk of repeating what others 
> have said, here are a few options.  First, if you don't mind testing 
> software, download the latest beta of Debian Wheezy.  The daily builds are 
> broken and won't work.  Another option is Vinux.  I personally don't like 
> it due to crashes and being rather behind in what it offers, but it should 
> be fairly stable and should come up talking.  Finally, look at Knoppix 
> Adriane. It comes up talking also and has a nice menu which might be 
> easier for you.  Vinux and Knoppix are live CDs, meaning that you don't 
> actually have to install anything but you can still try them on your 
> system.  All have 32-bit flavors.  Here are links:
> Also note that the CDs are pretty big downloads, but with Wheezy, you can 
> download a minimal netinst CD if you have a working network connection 
> detected by the installer.  If you only have wireless, you might run into 
> problems, so you might want to download and burn the first CD or DVD. 
> Actually, on 32-bit, you can't download a DVD image because it's over 4 
> GB. If you try Knoppix, make sure to download the special Adriane CD.  It 
> will have Adriane at the beginning of the filename.  If you download 
> Debian Wheezy, make sure to get a CD with the graphical installer.  The 
> speech installer actually uses text, but it's only included on the CDs 
> with the graphical installer.  Yes, it sounds confusing.  Once you boot 
> the Wheezy CD, press "s" and Enter and speech should come up in a few 
> minutes.  You will still need sighted help if your BIOS doesn't boot from 
> CD as the first boot device.  There isn't a way around that, 
> unfortunately.  Most notebooks I've seen don't boot the CD first.
> Finally, I offer a $99 per year email-based support service for people 
> just getting started with Linux or who already know the basics but want 
> help with specific tasks.  Please contact me off list if interested.
> On 3/6/2013 5:41 AM, Kevin wrote:
>> Hello, I have been following this conversation, and seeing people singing
>> the praises of linux.  I have been thinking about trying out linux, but I
>> can not find a distro that has a talking installer that works with a
>> software synth.  I have a 32 bit laptop with no access to a hardware 
>> synth.
>> I also do not have someone sighted who could help me.  Is there a way for 
>> me
>> to install linux without sighted assistance and no hardware synth?
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: blinux-list-bounces at 
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>> On Behalf Of Jason White
>> Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2013 6:01 PM
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>> Subject: Re: some bees nest stirring, was just how much can you do with?
>> Tim Chase<blinux-list at>  wrote:
>>> Just for the record, DOS has loadable drivers to make that memory
>>> above 1 meg accessible to other programs.  Blowing the cobwebs off
>>> those corners of my mind, I seem to recall loading the EMM386.SYS
>>> driver to do as much.
>> That's right, and as I remember, you could buy and install Qemm to 
>> squeeze
>> the
>> most out of your lower 640KB of memory. There were problems with memory
>> management, especially in loading device drivers, and it was all rather
>> messy.
>> I'm glad that DOS is a distant memory for me now. If there are people who
>> still find it useful, that's fine, but Linux is just so much better.
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