odd question?

Tony Baechler tony at baechler.net
Sun Dec 13 09:59:39 UTC 2015

I don't understand what you're asking.  I think you're asking if you need an 
older kernel for hardware speech.  If you're using a serial synth, the 
answer would seem to be yes, but there are patches for newer kernels which I 
haven't tested.  If you can live with software speech, you don't need an 
older kernel.  If you're only going to ssh to the machine and don't need 
speech, it makes no difference what kernel you're running.  I should mention 
that Squeeze will very shortly no longer be supported and will be removed 
from the archive.  Kernel 2.6.32 had upstream support dropped this year.  If 
you have a sound card and can tolerate software speech, that would be my 
suggestion.  If you must have serial speech, maybe someone can compile a 
custom kernel for you, but you'd have to do the install with software 
speech, have someone else do it or do it over ssh.  What I did was install 
Squeeze, upgrade to Wheezy and keep both kernels.  That way I could have 
hardware speech if I wanted, but I actually didn't mind ESpeak for the few 
times I actually sat at the machine.  I did everything over ssh and I really 
didn't need speech except rarely.  Another thought I had is a serial 
console.  That might be better for you since you wouldn't need ssh, could 
access it from DOS, use hardware speech and I think D-I lets you install 
that way.  That also gives you boot messages which you don't get with 
software speech.

On 12/9/2015 2:07 PM, Karen Lewellen wrote:
> Hi all,
> I hope I ask this clearly.
> I *believe* I may have found a source for local Linux help here.
> As I sated a while back  I intend using ssh telnet to reach this box.
> However I may need to explain to the person helping me about the changes
> that I believe? now might require too much work to insure speech in later
> editions of Debian.  the need to compile or use an older Kernel?
> I do not pretend to have that fact correctly, only I recall others making
> mention of this need.
> I have no interest so much in using  speech on this box.  still I may have a
> strong argument for my older editions of Debian based on the older Kennel
> still existing in squeeze.
> Thanks,
> Karen
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