talking boot (was: Sonar)

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Wed Apr 26 13:27:36 UTC 2017

Maybe you could do it with a USB headset. The IAVIT wordpress site,,  has been down for a while. I just got it working again 
last night.  Lets see if we can get this working and post it there.
I have howtos on my space on on how to build a kernel 
patched for hardware synths and on how to get grub to play a tune at 
boot time. The boot time tune thing is pretty cool because I have a lot 
of machines in my office and I can tell which one has finished rebooting 
by the tune it plays.

PS: I was getting the so-called "white screen of death" from wordpress. 
I did everything on the wordpress "How to fix the white screen of death" 
page but it didn't help. I finally totally reinstalled.

-- John Heim

On 04/26/2017 06:04 AM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Tony Baechler here.
> On 4/24/2017 1:46 PM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>> This is Luke Yelavich, reply below.
>> On Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 09:23:19PM AEST, Linux for blind general
>> discussion wrote:
>>> Screen readers cannot give boot messages anyways, with software speech.
>> Actually, with things set up correctly to allow the screen reader to
>> come up
>> as early as possible, yes they can.
>> Speakup can do this if working with a hardware speech synth from very
>> very
>> early on, which is why so many people like it, but there are ways and
>> means
>> to do siumilar with pure software, if you are willing to make your
>> initramfs
>> a little larger.
> Am I correct in saying that while in theory it could be done, isn't it
> impractical? Taking a standard initramfs on a standard Debian-based
> system, how would you know what sound drivers to include? I'm sure
> initramfs-tools doesn't do this, even if you include all modules. That
> would add a huge amount of bloat, possibly running you out of memory.
> You would need at least libespeak and espeakup, right?
> The only way I could see this being done is if you build your own custom
> initramfs for your system and sound card with your sound card drivers. I
> remember there was a lot of debate about this with D-I. The smaller D-I
> images would be too big with the sound card drivers. The kernel can
> autodetect and load the right module, but again, almost all sound
> modules would have to be included, right?
> If I'm wrong, I would be interested in knowing how this can be done. As
> much as I like hardware speech, I would like to move away from it so I
> don't have to build a custom kernel with the Speakup patch periodically.
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