a very challenging question?

Øyvind Lode oyvind at lode.is
Wed Dec 24 09:59:28 UTC 2014

I would like to try out freebsd, openbsd and the other *bsds but my understanding is that I cannot install them without sighted assistance.
I currently use debian as a firewall, one file server, web server etc at home.
All text mode only mainly administrated from windows over ssh but access to the console is important if networking is down and so on.
On the console I use speakup with software speech.
I have no interest in running X on these systems.
At work I am the admin of some ubuntu servers which I administrer via ssh and these boxes is of course text mode only as well.
*bsd is very good for all networking related services like firewalling/routing, fileservers etc due to a better ip stack.

-----Original Message-----
From: blinux-list-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:blinux-list-bounces at redhat.com] On Behalf Of Kelly Prescott
Sent: 24 December 2014 04:47
To: Linux for blind general discussion
Subject: Re: a very challenging question?

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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