Testers wanted for BATS talking rescue CD
Linux for blind general discussion
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Mon May 15 02:32:48 UTC 2017
can you install this version to a hard drive?
On 5/14/2017 6:27 AM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Hi all,
> As some of you might remember, I posted test talking live CD images
> last year. I got very little feedback, most of which was
> understandably negative. Those old CD images are still available, but
> I'm happy to announce the third major rebuild. Everything has been
> redone from scratch. At least in KVM, it boots much faster and seems
> more responsive. It no longer uses systemd and doesn't include Network
> Manager. I really, desperately need testers. I can't test wireless or
> Braille here. I have limited hardware. What would be helpful is for
> people to test on as many different hardware and sound setups as
> possible. Let me know what doesn't work. Here is what you need to know:
> 1. It's a 64-bit image only. I will produce a 32-bit image if there is
> enough demand. It runs on x86_64 hardware. I tested it with 1 GB of
> memory, but it should require less. The concept, idea and package
> lists were borrowed from the Devuan minimal live CD. This image adds
> many more packages and is based on plain vanilla Debian testing. It
> uses standard sysvinit. I have no plans to switch to systemd. I tried
> systemd on the other images and ran into lots of problems, including
> being much less responsive and not letting people login on some hardware.
> 2. It includes brltty but it might not start automatically. If Braille
> doesn't work, try starting it manually. The version is from Debian
> stable to avoid the systemd dependency.
> 3. It has a lot of non-free firmware and wireless tools, so hopefully
> your wifi should be detected. It automatically tries DHCP. It includes
> the standard openssh server which generates new host keys at every
> boot for better security. I haven't tested ssh login yet.
> 4. The boot menus still need a lot of work. It does boot, but there is
> no audible feedback. Just press Enter to start the boot process. This
> will be fixed soon.
> 5. It uses my 4.10.7 Speakup kernel, so hardware speech should work
> without issues. You probably have to rmmod speakup_soft and modprobe
> your synth module by hand. It uses standard syslinux, so there might
> be a way to do this at the boot prompt. I'm not sure. Here are sample
> commands, as root:
> rmmod speakup_soft ; modprobe speakup_ltlk
> The login user is "bats" with no password. You can't currently login
> as root, but sudo works as expected. If you don't have networking, try
> running setnet or setnet.sh and follow the prompts. It can be
> installed to a hard drive, but I highly recommend against it and I
> will offer no support for hard drive installations. Almost all
> packages are from Debian testing. You should be able to add and remove
> packages as normal. There is no security support. There are almost
> certainly security issues. It should run from USB, virtual machines
> like KVM and burning the .iso to a standard CD. You may run
> "refractainstaller" if you want to try installing, but again, this is
> highly discouraged. It's meant as a live and rescue CD, not an
> installable distro. It includes several games and utilities, but if
> you know of more which should be included, please shout.
> Other than hardware, wireless and Braille testing, the biggest thing I
> need now is a list of missing packages. I tried to include everything
> obvious, but I'm sure your favorite tool isn't there. I have about 200
> MB left to work with, so please send suggestions. You can email me
> privately or post here. I'm working on a mailing list for discussion.
> The list just needs to be configured. Also, I'm looking for at least
> one co-maintainer to release updates periodically with the latest
> packages. Please let me know if you're interested.
> Here is the download link for the .iso and SHA256 checksum:
> Thanks to iavit.org for hosting. It's called bats64 with the snapshot
> date. Again, let me know if it doesn't work for you or if you run into
> problems. Thanks for your feedback!
> To email me privately about this CD image or for support options,
> please write to bats at batsupport dot com.
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