Speakup not in Ubuntu 13.04

Christopher Chaltain chaltain at gmail.com
Fri Mar 15 17:28:31 UTC 2013

I wonder if the Speakup module is still included in the desktop images.

On 03/15/2013 12:19 PM, Tony Baechler wrote:
> Hi all,
> So, as some of you might have seen if you're on the
> ubuntu-devel-announce list, beta 1 of 13.04 has been released.  Just out
> of curiosity, I thought I would give the cloud image a try.  Even though
> it's for the cloud, it still uses the "generic" kernel, which is the
> default shipped with Ubuntu.  They eliminated the server flavor.  While
> I was there, I was wondering if Speakup is still included in staging.
> The short answer is that no, Speakup is not in the latest Ubuntu 13.04
> beta.  Hopefully it will make the final release, but I doubt it.  It
> isn't in staging and isn't included by default, but can be built from
> source.  This is with generic kernel 3.8.0 on x86-64.  There are,
> however, two Speakup packages available.  One is called "speakup" and
> the other is "speakup-source."  They are both version 3.1.5 of Speakup,
> but one builds the modules with DKMS and one with debhelper and
> module-assistant.  Installing either package brings in a lot of extra
> dependencies, such as a full build environment.  I went ahead with the
> "speakup" package as it had fewer dependencies than "speakup-source."
> It wouldn't build.  At first, it was a simple problem and required
> installing the "python-apport" package.  However, even after that, it
> still wouldn't build and complained about a missing file.  The file was
> serialio.h or similar and is apparently part of the kernel source.  I
> didn't spend a lot of time trying to track down the missing packages,
> but I reached the conclusion that one wouldn't easily get Speakup
> working on a stock Ubuntu install.
> Also while I was there, I looked at Orca.  They are shipping 3.7 with
> Firefox 19.0.  I couldn't figure out the exact version of Gnome, but the
> "gnome-shell" package is at 3.6.  I don't know how accessible Gnome 3.6
> is, but it appears that 13.04 will ship with it.
> I hope this information is helpful and hopefully someone can push Ubuntu
> to include Speakup back into the final 13.04 kernel.
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Christopher (CJ)
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