installing speakup on RHEL 7/8

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Tue Jul 21 21:44:17 UTC 2020

Thanks Janina for the info, I wonder if anyone we can ask inside Red hat to
shed some light on this topic, as I am unable to find any contact info for
their accessibility team.

I imagine I can't be the only one out there who is trying to use speakup
with RHEL, or am I?


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Subject: Re: installing speakup on RHEL 7/8

When he was still alive, Bill Acker routinely built Fedora kernels that
included Speakup, both before and after Speakup became part of staging.
I know for a fact that Bill tried, and never succeeded at building Speakup
into RHEL. Now Bill's been gone for a few years, but I've no reason to
believe the environment has suddenly become Speakup friendly, sorry to say.

No, I don't recall what the block was/were.

I know that's not what you wanted to hear, but it's the best answer I can
provide and I don't believe you're going to find very much different info.
I'll be happy to be proven wrong, of course.

It'll be interesting to see what RHEL does when Speakup finally becomes a
first class kernel citizen. If I understand the situation correctly, that
should come fairly soon.



Linux for blind general discussion writes:
> Hi there -
> I am getting a workstation at work that will be running RHEL 7 or 8.  
> From what I understand, speakup is not a package in yum, but it is now 
> part of the kernel staging tree.
> Does anyone have instructions on how to get speakup installed and 
> running on RHEL 7 or 8 using software speech?
> Any help appreciated, thank you very much in advance
> --David
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Janina Sajka

Linux Foundation Fellow
Executive Chair, Accessibility Workgroup:

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Co-Chair, Accessible Platform Architectures

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