Why do you use Linux? expanded from Converting text to mp3

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Thu Jan 27 15:28:35 UTC 2022

Your mac in the terminal is a flavor of unix so all that is familiar to you in linux is the same.  Macports and homebrew are two of the
repositories with many of the same choices as in the linux ones. The many mac quality voices are available also.

On Wed, 26 Jan 2022, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:

> Hi Karen-and-thanks for an introspective topic. My road to Linux was a slow
> transition. I had my first PC with DOS6 from 1994-97. Got windows95 so I would
> have an easier time playing mp3s, which were fairly new at that time. The
> concept of just being able to mash enter on a highlighted file to play was
> appealing. But a majority of the time I was stilling going to a DOS prompt to
> get in to a shell account to read mail in what was then pine. In 2003 once the
> late Bill Acker helped set me up with DecPC drivers, we tried a duel boot
> system, including first Redhat9 and later Fedora. Because there were so many
> anoying issues with those DecTalk drivers, I found myself going back to windows
> where DecTalk sounded great. Maybe early 2005 got either a newer pc and
> certainly a USB DecTalk, which I still have. 1 night in 2006 a friend from
> HighSchool was here, I tried playing him a Weird Al video, but each time
> Windows Media Player would lockup. I finally just went back in Linux-and-played
> him an audio version. Next time we went from Fedora 6 to 9 we practicly had a
> ceremony when we got rid of windows forever. In 2010 with needing a new PC, I
> switched to Debian, as they have more of the latest packages.
> In 2006 I got involved with a local Linux LUG, where I occasionally received
> many hours of valuable asistance-and-even sometimes I was able to help.
> Even though I have many struggles with web-sites which I cannot access because
> of the javascript disease, I am still willing to stick with Linux, as once its
> setup, it is a comfortable envirenment.
> I have a Chromebook which I almost exclusively only attend Zoom meetings, as
> far as I know, no1 has  written any commandline scripts to run Zoom in a
> non-graphical setting. I also have a Mac but have not really looked in to
> classes at an Apple store, but at least all of these machines have Linux I can
> run.
> Just last evening I was trying to help my Wife in windows7 but its practicly a
> foreign language now from win98.
> And lastly Karen, Linux provides me so much customization. I have 24 text
> consoles. My Linux expert wrote me software to play-and-record streams with 4
> sound-cards. I think I recorded maybe 10 streams at a time-and-later edited
> them, as well as ajusting levels. So I have `much flexibility in Linux-and-am
> `really happy here at nearly 70 next month. Thanks so much for listening
> Chime
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