Linux mint?

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Sat Nov 8 15:48:50 UTC 2014

Linux Mint last time I read anything on it was an accessibility 
disaster.  However, has a distribution that will 
run espeak and get you installed read beginners-guide.txt on archlinux 
wiki to do it right the first time.  You end up in a command line 
environment and if you don't like that, well gnome14 is available to 
install as well as mate and mate-extra then you can use orca.  ubuntu in 
current configuration is also a disaster.  I updated a working ubuntu 
and although the basic interface talks none of the browsers will talk 
when I try running them.  Probably something to do with unity.  There is 
sonarlinux available for download that comes 
up running orca and has current version of gnome on it and has had lots 
of accessibility fixes applied too.  In order to get debian talking you 
have to hit s then enter right after you hear your speaker beep and wait 
a little bit.  Debian uses espeak like archlinux does and is less 
complex to install.  Once you select language and keyboard in debian, 
it's a good idea to hit the less than character followed by enter to get 
yourself out onto the main menu if installing debian.  You want to 
change priority to low since you'll get asked more questions that way.  
One of them will be about the non-free archive and you probably ought to 
select that when it comes up.  To answer questions in debian installs 
it's just a matter of picking the number from the menu and keying it in 
at the prompt then hitting enter.  With archlinux you have to do actual 
linux commands to install it.  You may also want to save logs and you 
can put them in your /mnt partition in the event you have any 
installation problems or even a success, debian-install at 
wants those logs.

On Wed, 5 Nov 2014, Paul Merrell wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 7:47 PM, Karen Lewellen <klewellen at> wrote:
> > I am told on another list that this distribution  comes with speech right
> > out of the box.  anyone know what is incorporated?
> > I believe the distribution  is either debian Ubintu or both?
> I can't speak to what its speech capabilities are when freshly
> installed, but Mint is derived from Ubuntu which is derived from
> Debian. But it comes with its own desktop environments, a choice
> between Cinnamon (derivative of Gnome 3) or Mate (a continuation of
> the Gnome 2 desktop). I use the Mate desktop.
> Best regards,
> Paul

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