a very challenging question?

Kelly Prescott kprescott at coolip.net
Wed Dec 24 03:47:25 UTC 2014

I run freebsd, netbsd, and openbsd all the time.
my setup looks like this:
I run arch and use qemu for my virtual machines.
All the bsd machines are virtual.
I console to all of them and Linux Speakup handles the consoles as they 
are just text output.
I can post more info if anyone is interested.

-- Kelly Prescott

On Tue, 23 Dec 2014, Tim Chase wrote:

> I haven't tested FreeBSD running any accessibility software locally,
> accessing FreeBSD boxes mostly via SSH. Speakup is a Linux-specific
> set of patches and thus unavailable on FreeBSD.  But the Speech
> Dispatcher daemon (speechd) appears to be in the FreeBSD ports
> collection, as do both Festival and Flite soft-synths, along with
> Orca and yasr.  Both Orca and yasr should be able to connect to
> speechd, and that should be able to talk to either of the soft-synths
> above or to any supported hardware synth.  I'm hoping to acquire an
> older netbook that my sister-in-law intends to discard, in which case
> I can try throwing FreeBSD on there and test accessibility options
> but it might not be until sometime in the new year.
> Regarding yasr and single consoles, might I recommend that you
> investigate "tmux" or possibly GNU Screen?  You can spawn yasr, and
> then as your first command, launch screen/tmux to multiplex multiple
> sessions into that one screen-reader session.  One of the nice things
> is that you can detach from your active session and then reattach via
> SSH to have all your windows/shells as you left them.  Once you're
> done accessing it remotely, you can detach, then reattach back within
> yasr and everything is still as you left it.  It's awesomely powerful
> and sounds like the perfect solution to your annoyance with the
> single-console nature of yasr.  While yasr may be a bit old and
> dusty, it's done most of what I've wanted to do when I've poked at it.
> I wrote up a brief explanation/tutorial on tmux for the Raspberry VI
> mailing list which Mike Ray posted at the wiki:
> http://www.raspberryvi.org/wiki/doku.php/tmux
> If you have any more questions, I can't guarantee that I'd know the
> answers, but I'd be more than happy to chase them down to the best of
> my abilities (and hardware)
> Hope this helps.
> -tim
> On December 23, 2014, Kyle wrote:
>> I've wanted to play with FreeBSD or another sort of *real* BSD that
>> hasn't been tainted by Apple for quite a few years. However, I am
>> stopped thus far by a lack of a fully functional screen reader.
>> GhostBSD is really nice, as it is said to run the MATE desktop now,
>> but the problem is that Orca doesn't speak because of a Python
>> conflict that causes it to fail to talk to speech-dispatcher. This
>> would limit me to the command line, where the only full-featured
>> screen readers run on Linux only as far as I am aware. Speakup is a
>> set of modules that are specific to the Linux kernel, and SBL as
>> far as I know only runs on Linux. The only other choice then would
>> be YASR, which is rather old and is probably unmaintained now, and
>> runs as a subshell rather than as a system daemon, so one must
>> login without speech and run the YSR subshell manually in order to
>> get a somewhat decent screen reader for only a single virtual
>> console. This isn't really a problem if you intend to run your
>> FreeBSD machine remotely over ssh or telnet, but it makes running
>> it directly on your machine next to impossible. Please do correct
>> me if I happen to be wrong, as I would immediately try to set it up
>> here, at least on a virtual machine, and I could then support BSD
>> as well as Linux in the computer business that I run. -- "Don't
>> judge my disability until you are able to see my ability." ~Kyle:
>> https://kyle.tk/ My chunk of the internet:
>> https://chunkhost.com/r/Kyle
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