Installing Linux

Kevin klbrown at
Mon Mar 25 14:36:48 UTC 2013

The errors apear on the screen during boot, and I am so new to linux I have
not figured out how to review the error messages.  

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From: blinux-list-bounces at [mailto:blinux-list-bounces at]
On Behalf Of Tony Baechler
Sent: Saturday, March 23, 2013 6:16 AM
To: Linux for blind general discussion
Subject: Re: Installing Linux

Please be more specific.  Exactly what errors are you getting?  I would 
strongly suggest subscribing to the debian-accessibility list.  You might 
have found a bug somewhere, but it can't get fixed without a lot more 
details.  I ran into similar problems with X not coming up talking, but that

was quite a while ago.  If you choose to install Gnome during the initial 
install, you shouldn't have errors and you should have speech in Gnome. 
Apparently gdm3 has problems with no speech at login.  Exactly what CD image

did you download?  I know daily builds are known to be broken and I think 
we're at RC1 of the Debian-Installer, so major problems like this should be 
fixed.  What I'm trying to figure out is if you did something wrong or if 
you found a bug.  I didn't install Gnome during the initial install and 
tried to install it later and ran into similar errors, but again, that's 
supposed to be fixed now.  I think you can post to the list without being 
subscribed, but it would be better if you would join as people can help you 
further.  I'm interested in getting the problems solved.  Unlike what a 
previous poster who apparently doesn't know what they're talking about said,

you can install Gnome, Orca, etc and get reliable speech without errors. 
Here is the main Debian lists site:

Search for accessibility on the master index and join.  I think you might 
have found a bug, but I'm not sure without more information.

On 3/22/2013 5:21 AM, Kevin wrote:
> Hi I installed Debian testing on my thinkpad t60.  It boots with speech,
> 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
> 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
> 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
>    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
>    If you try Knoppix, make sure to download the special Adriane CD.  It
> 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
> boot device.  There isn't a way around that, unfortunately.  Most
> I've seen don't boot the CD first.
> Finally, I offer a $99 per year email-based support service for people
> getting started with Linux or who already know the basics but want help
> 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-----
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>> 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
>> 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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