Testers wanted for BATS talking rescue CD

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Mon May 15 12:37:14 UTC 2017

Well, it's said you can, but that's not gonna be supported.

Mark Peveto
Registered Linux user number 600552
Everything happens after coffee!

On Sun, 14 May 2017, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:

> 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:
> >
> > http://iavit.org/~bats/
> >
> > 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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