Installing RHEL 7

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Wed Dec 6 19:39:10 UTC 2017

Hi, Schoepp:

I've used Fedora since before it was called Fedora, but I haven't
performed an install for a very long time. I'm up to date because of the
--distro-sync functionality of dnf (formerly called yum).

However, people on the Orca list have reported success installing Fedora
using Orca from the Live image.

There's also the possibility of installing Fedora using a kickstart file
which would actually teach you a lot about the RHEL/Fedora installation
process. Basically, kickstart is simply a script with all the menu
choices provided as variables in the script. And, if you're working on a
virtual machine, or a disk where you can't goof any other system up,
there's every reason to keep trying until you succeed.

As for tools once you've gotten RHEL working ... Yes, I believe you do
have Orca, but you'll be several versions behind. Brltty, on the other
hand, is likely kept up to date more easily. Speakup has never worked
with RHEL kernels, afaik. People have tried--people who are good at
kernel compiles.

Here's an article from Redhat explaining the difference between Fedora
and RHEL:

Also, please note that the free of cost RHEL clone is called CentOS:

Lastly, let me note that the developers of Vinux have decided to build
future releases of Vinux on Fedora, which will make Vinux a so-called
"spin" of Fedora, which has quite a few "spins" as it is:

The bottom line here is that you should be OK administering RHEL, just
not installing it via it's installation system except for possibly
installing via kickstart.



Linux for blind general discussion writes:
> Hi Janina and all,
> > Am 06.12.2017 um 16:05 schrieb Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>:
> > I've never known RHEL to be friendly to blind users whether at
> > installation, or even once installed.
> I’ve read there is orca support when the system is installed. Also brltty seems to be available as a package. But the problem is the installation. As far as I can see there is no support for braille or speech and a unattended installation requires a tool which is only available when you pay for a subscription.
> > 
> > If you need to install RHEL, get sighted assistance. After all, you just
> > paid $$ for the product, right?
> Yes, thats right. I was just curious if we can install RHEL without sighted assistance which would be nice.
> > If you need a very similar environment on your own machine, install
> > Fedora. You will reliably learn RHEL from Fedora, they're extremely
> > similar by design.
> Can Fedora be installed without sighted assistance? If yes, how?
> I need RHEL because I have to learn to use some tools running on it, puppet, foreman, e.g. In my job I will use this tools via CLI and I will ssh to the servers, so no problem, but currently I’d like to build an own little environment to play around with the new tools.
> Maybe Fedora would a good solution as long as I can setup my own little playground without asking for sighted help all the time…
> Cheers,
>   Schoepp
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