version of various packages (was: new user, wanting to build a multimedia computer)

mattias mj at
Fri Mar 8 17:12:45 UTC 2013

and you cant upgrade to latest orca......
not in wheezy
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John G. Heim" <jheim at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Friday, March 08, 2013 5:57 PM
Subject: version of various packages (was: new user,wanting to build a 
multimedia computer)

jheim at vv507k:~$ dpkg -p gnome-orca iceweasel
Package: gnome-orca
Version: 2.30.2-2
Package: iceweasel
Version: 3.5.16-20

I don't use office (not even really sure what that is).

> Just curious, what version of Orca, firefox and office does Debian
> stable (6.0) carry?
> happy hacking.
> Krishnakant.
> On 03/08/2013 09:39 PM, John G. Heim wrote:
>> Well, you're going to have a problem in that your questions are too
>> broad. I think it will be hard for anyone to tell you exactly what to
>> do. I think you should start by installing linux (obviously). I
>> personally use nothing but vanilla debian.
>> My home Linux machine died Sunday night and I just replaced it Monday.
>> I used the debian stable release candidate. This means it's not
>> technically debian's current stable release. But I think at this
>> point, you don't want to install the true stable version. You'd just
>> have to upgrade in a few weeks/months anyway. The current stable
>> version is version 6 (code named squeeze) and the release candidate is
>> version 7 (code named wheezy).
>> Wheezy seems to work fine. The one problem I've had is that it doesn't
>> start orca automatically. The current stable version does that.
>> On 3/7/2013 7:38 PM, reinhard stebner wrote:
>>> This is what I would like to do but do not know where to start.
>>> I have an older Dell (about 6 years old) that currently has windows 7
>>> installed. I would like to take this machine and turn it into a multi
>>> media server. I would like to hook up a NAS, run my music through it
>>> (mp3 / m4a) movies, display movies if possible, hook it to the net and
>>> be able to do normal computing tasks. I am very new to Linux (have been
>>> reading the messages here) and I figured that it would be a good idea to
>>> have someone help with this. Remembering that I am new to this and do
>>> not know where to start and need a simple approach. I have compiled and
>>> written code C and C++ in Unix. I played around briefly with Speakup
>>> but I lost enters when the machine I was using stopped working (mother
>>> board was friend). Now that I have a computer to play with again, I need
>>> help setting it up and hardware that I would be able to do this.
>>> So let’s start with sound card. It has a Sound Blaster xfy. One network
>>> card and two hard drives. It has plenty of processing power.
>>> What flavor of Linux would work for this?
>>> How do I get started?
>>> I do not have hardware speech and would need to use software speech.
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