installing bsd with speech

Eric Oyen eric.oyen at
Thu Mar 23 02:11:35 UTC 2017

I have been a pro user of OpenBSD for years. It was a lot easier to use when all I had to deal with was low vision on a big display.

Pros to OpenBSD:
1. best firewall out there, hands down
2. application jails
3. server jails
4. secured IPC
5. able to run on 2 GB or less reliably
6. takes minimal disk space for all but an X-desktop installation (I still have one sitting on an old 500 mb disk!)
7. stable VPN/IKE implementation
8. distributions available for even some embedded operations (including router board devices)

Now, if I just knew what processor and hardware the Braille Sense U2 used, I would try and find a way to compile a version to work there.


On Mar 22, 2017, at 5:59 PM, Tim Chase wrote:

> Depending on the flavor of BSD, there are some strong selling points
> that you don't get under a Linux.
> On FreeBSD, two of the biggest are Jails and native ZFS.  While Linux
> has recently been adding containers, Jails have provided similar
> functionality since FreeBSD 4.0 (released in 2000) so they've had a
> long time to mature.  ZFS is also amazing as a file-system.  If
> you've got the RAM to handle it, you get an unprecedented level of
> file safety and performance.  So it makes for a great server where
> each of your services runs in their own jail, backed by ZFS
> protecting your data.
> On OpenBSD, you get PF, the best firewall I've used (there's an
> older version of PF available on FreeBSD, too, but it forked and
> hasn't been kept up to date). It also has a lot of extra
> security/hardening features that eventually make it into other
> operating systems. Things like W^X (write-or-execute memory), the
> "pledge" system call that prevents programs from doing things they
> shouldn't.  There are also a lot of hardened servers available
> (httpd for web and opensmtp for mail come to mind) and other fancy
> networking things like CARP.
> I've found the OpenBSD community can be a little brusque, while the
> FreeBSD community is a bit friendlier.
> Most things will feel pretty similar.  While my daily driver is
> Debian on amd64, I've got FreeBSD on several machines including a VPS
> out in the cloud, a laptop, and an SD card that boots on my Raspberry
> Pi.  I have OpenBSD on an old PowerPC Mac iBook and a netbook, as
> well as a free OpenBSD shell account on which is nice for
> testing.
> I've also tinkered with NetBSD and Minix, but those were more for fun
> and experimentation.  I didn't end up keeping either install around.
> -tim
> On March 22, 2017, Jeffery Mewtamer wrote:
>> I've never used BSD, but I find myself wondering if there's benefit
>> in such a round about method or if this is a case of "doing it
>> because it can be done". Are there any applications that would run
>> on such a virtual BSD while being accessible to screen readers on
>> the host Linux that either lack a Linux version or would run better
>> under the virtual BSD than if you ran them natively on the host
>> Linux?
>> -- 
>> Sincerely,
>> Jeffery Wright
>> President Emeritus, Nu Nu Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa.
>> Former Secretary, Student Government Association, College of the
>> Albemarle.
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