Installing Linux

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Sat Mar 23 02:08:27 UTC 2013

Let me guess, you went for the eye candy when you installed.  I don't 
normally install the desktop but do install standard utilities and 
database and  print server.  If I were on a laptop, I'd install laptop 
as well.  The reason you loose speech is because of one of the programs 
gnome installs which isn't necessary to run the eye candy.  Perhaps 
gnomestart I can't remember right now.  In any case you could run startX 
tx to bring up the eye candy when you wanted to use it.  If you do that, 
you'll not loose speech after login and be in a command line environment 
until you run startx.  Yes, the pulseaudio errors and alsa errors come 
with the territory I think.  Stuff claims not to work audibly but ends 
up doing so anyway; that's the power of linux accessibility for you.

On Fri, 22 Mar 2013, Kevin wrote:

> Hi I installed Debian testing on my thinkpad t60.  It boots with speech, but
> with speech dispatcher, espeak, alsa, pcm, and pulseaudio errors.  Well I
> has speech until the login screen.  After I login I bring up a terminal
> screen and I have speech again.  I was curious if anyone else is having the
> same issue.  I am using softsynth for speech.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blinux-list-bounces at [mailto:blinux-list-bounces at]
> On Behalf Of Tony Baechler
> Sent: Thursday, March 07, 2013 3:18 AM
> To: Linux for blind general discussion
> 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
> [mailto:blinux-list-bounces at]
> > On Behalf Of Jason White
> > Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2013 6:01 PM
> > To: Blinux-list at
> > 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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jude <jdashiel at>
Microsoft, windows is accessible. why do blind people need screen readers?

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