Announce: Slint64-14.2.1 is released.

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Fri Dec 29 11:30:24 UTC 2017


I just sent an email to the espeak-ng developer asking him to help me
make that espeakup communicate with espeak-ng on the console, which
fails here so far, and will let you know the outcome.

Meanwhile espeak-ng is used and works when in a graphical environment
like the MATE desktop in Slint64-14.2.1.

The installer have speech but not in Arabic.However if yu install
in English and then choose an Arabic locale when asked to be used in
the installed system, you will be able to have Arabic spoken in



Le 29/12/2017 à 02:06, Linux for blind general discussion a écrit :
> Hi,
> thanks for quick reply, but will the espeak gets replaced with espeak
> ng soon? or it will stuck with espeak 1.48? and you said, "If you need
> it it may be possible to use the file ar_dict
>  from espeak-ng-1.49-1 in espeak-1.48, at least this can be tried.",
> is there any webpage/documentation/instructions that I can follow in
> order to achieve  this? but I think the library,  libespeak, needs to
> be updated. that why in newer debian/Ubuntu 17, it uses libespeak-ng
> so that espeak-ng gets use. sorry and thanks!

I just sent an email to the espak-ng developer asking him to to  
> 2017-12-29 8:08 GMT+08:00, Linux for blind general discussion
> <blinux-list at>:
>> Hello,
>> Le 29/12/2017 à 00:52, Linux for blind general discussion a écrit :
>>> hi, sorry if this is mentioned  but may I know what version of espeak
>>> used in this? 1.49.1? because I need the Arabic voice.
>>> also, is it suitable for new users of Linux?
>>> going to open the urls given now, hoping to find more info about this.
>>> thanks
>> Currently we ship espeak-1.48.O4 for speech in console or text mode
>> and espeak-ng-1.49.1 for graphical mode, i.e. when used as back end
>> of orca. If you need it it may be possible to use the file ar_dict
>> from espeak-ng-1.49-1 in espeak-1.48, at least this can be tried.
>> About new users of Linux, I am not sure to have a good answer.
>> Feel free to ask more questions, I will be glad to answer.
>> Greetings,
>> Didier
>>> 2017-12-25 18:49 GMT+08:00, Linux for blind general discussion
>>> <blinux-list at>:
>>>> No, it isn't like debian.  When you run a boot up of slint, slint comes
>>>> up talking.  You press s once speech starts to continue to have slint
>>>> speaking.  Failure to press s turns speech off.  I've done testing on
>>>> release candidate versions of slint before this one got released and
>>>> I've never seen anything in my life and I had no trouble getting slint
>>>> installed so I could use it afterwards.
>>>> On Mon, 25 Dec 2017, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>>>>> Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2017 02:52:55
>>>>> From: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
>>>>> To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
>>>>> Subject: Re: Announce: Slint64-14.2.1 is released.
>>>>> Hi,
>>>>> I read the manual and can't find info on how to use it with
>>>>> speakup/espeak.
>>>>> Could you pinpoint me on how to enable speech during installation? I
>>>>> think
>>>>> this should be possible just like with debian installer.
>>>>> On 21-Dec-17 5:50 AM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>>>>>>  Slint64-14.2.1 is released!
>>>>>>  As a reminder Slint is a Linux distribution based on Slackware.
>>>>>>  The ISO image for Slint64-14.2.1 is provided on
>>>>>>  To know how to use this ISO image, read:
>>>>>>  Just substitute this ISO's file name to the one indicated there.
>>>>>>  Specific instructions for visually impaired users are provided in:
>>>>>>  Slint can be installed and used without help from a sighted person,
>>>>>>  provided that the computer be set to boot from the installation media,
>>>>>>  DVD or USB stick.
>>>>>>  To update your system after installation, run as as root these
>>>>>> commands:
>>>>>>  slapt-get --add-keys
>>>>>>  slapt-get --update
>>>>>>  slapt-get --upgrade -s # to check for available updates.
>>>>>>  slapt-get --upgrade # to actually apply the updates.
>>>>>>  FEATURES
>>>>>>  MATE 1.18 is included, as well as Xfce, LXDE and KDE (optional) and
>>>>>>  lighter ones like blackbox and fluxbox.
>>>>>>  Slint64-4.2 is accessible to visually impaired users: it can be
>>>>>>  installed and used with speech and/or Braille both in text mode and in
>>>>>>  several graphical environments including of course MATE.
>>>>>>  brltty is included with brlapi to use your braille device in graphical
>>>>>>  environments through orca.
>>>>>>  espeakup provides speech in text mode, orca in graphical environments.
>>>>>>  The installation of KDE is optional. If KDE is installed, to avoid
>>>>>>  cluttering the application menus of other graphical environments the
>>>>>>  admin can just type hide-kde-apps: the menu entry of KDE apps will
>>>>>>  then appear only in the menu entry of KDE. This can be reverted typing
>>>>>>  show-kde-apps.
>>>>>>  The lightdm and gdm2 graphical login managers are included, both can
>>>>>>  speak with orca.
>>>>>>  To cope with the many graphical environments and login managers and
>>>>>>  alleviate the need of manually editing configuration files, several
>>>>>> new
>>>>>>  utilities are provided:
>>>>>>  * orca-on ad orca-off allow each user to enable or disable speech
>>>>>> and/or
>>>>>>     braille in graphical environments for oneself.
>>>>>>  * session-chooser allows a user to set the default graphical session
>>>>>> for
>>>>>>     oneself, among those available. This can be done by root for a
>>>>>> regular
>>>>>>     user with setsession.
>>>>>>  * login-chooser allows the admin to set the login manager, either text
>>>>>>     (the users can then after login start a graphical session typing
>>>>>>     startx) or graphical (among lightdm, lxdm, gdm and kdm) and decide
>>>>>> to
>>>>>>     have speech or not for login, in text mode as using lightdm or
>>>>>> gdm2.
>>>>>>  Most graphical environments get a similar layout of the panels and
>>>>>>  their menus.
>>>>>>  See the document ACCESSIBILITY:
>>>>>>  Follow the instructions detailed in the document README_UPGRADE
>>>>>>  in the directory upgrade:
>>>>>>  These instructions also apply to testers of a release candidate.
>>>>>>  Note that upgrading from a Slint version earlier than 14.2 is NOT
>>>>>>  supported at all and will most likely not work.
>>>>>>  Alternatively make a full backup, install anew, restore from the
>>>>>> backup.
>>>>>>  Slint website: (not yet updated for 14.2.1)
>>>>>>  Forum:
>>>>>>  Mailing list:
>>>>>>  Didier: didier~at~slint~dot~fr
>>>>>>  I welcome your feedback and am ready to cooperate with other projects.
>>>>>>  Greetings,
>>>>>>  Didier
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