Sonar GNU/Linux merges with Vinux

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Mon Apr 24 11:23:19 UTC 2017

Screen readers cannot give boot messages anyways, with software speech.
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Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at> writes:

> Boot messages can be sent out via a serial console, without the help
> of a screen reader locked into the kernel, where it is harder to fix
> bugs and harder to keep it updated, as the whole kernel has to be
> updated along with it. I know the serial console works, as I have a
> uart header on my computer with a cable that allows me to debug any
> problems I find in boot messages, and even in boot loader messages
> that are shown prior to "starting kernel ...", from any other machine
> that has a USB port. And there is yet another thing. I can use any
> computer with a USB port and fully interact with the machine where I
> need to see its boot messages, which is something I cannot do with
> Speakup on any kernel as of now, and I don't have to purchase a very
> expensive and quite obsolete hardware speech synthesizer to see my
> kernel and boot loader messages either, as if I have no other machine
> I can use to access boot messages, a $35 Raspberry Pi or even a $15
> Orange Pi will do quite nicely.
> Frankly, everything that Speakup can possibly do can be done by any
> number of other applications and even any number of other kernels.
> Most users only use software speech for daily tasks, and Fenrir covers
> that. Others need to see boot messages occasionally, and a serial
> console is best for that. It would seem now that Speakup is pretty
> much obsolete, so even if it was to find its way into the stable
> kernel tree tomorrow, it would be far too little too late for me, as I
> have already found better solutions.
> ~Kyle
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