red hat 8.0 and the Speakup Modified

Gregory Nowak greg at
Sat Sep 28 14:23:35 EDT 2002

I am a slackware user myself, but if the new official version includes speakup, then what would be the point of keeping old versions around? 
There maybe users who would download the old version for some reason as it happens sometimes, and that would create potential confusion.

Is there something in the older version that is not in the new version, but that would still be useful in some way?

Those are just my thoughts, whatever they are worth.
Congrads to Bill and to the speakup community in general. Let us hope that one day speakup will be as common in all gnu/linux distributions as xwindows is, and as other basic tools/packages are.


On Sat, Sep 28, 2002 at 02:13:58PM -0400, Janina Sajka wrote:
> Dear Friends:
> It now seems all but official. Even the Red Hat Home Page is featuring articles about Red Hat 8.0 which plainly state it
> will be released this coming Monday, September 30. I am delighted to inform you that Speakup and the Speakup keymap are
> included in this release. Sites such as Linux Central are already taking orders, but we suggest you wait to get CD ROMs
> directly from Red Hat for less, unless, of course, you actually want to pay more for those printed manuals. In the long
> standing tradition, iso images will also be available for download from mirror sites worldwide. And, I am hard at work
> writing changes to our web page on the Speakup web site--and editing the HOWTO to reflect this exciting development.
> Congratulations to Bill Acker for his patience and perseverance working over the past few years with various staffers
> from Red Hat, on several Red Hat lists, and with us on the Speakup Modified. Bill's the real reason Speakup is now
> officially part of the Red Hat distribution, and there's a README about accessibility support in Red Hat products which
> singles him out. Way to go, Bill!
> There is a question, though, for which we want guidance from the community on the Speakup list. Here's the simple
> question:
> Should we continue to offer the old, now about to be defunct, Speakup Modified version 7.3? Is there some special reason
> to keep those files around? For a little while? For a longer while? How long? And for what purpose?
> The days of the Speakup Modified have come to an end, and we're happy about it. But, if folks here find it useful, Kirk
> would probably not mind those older files hanging around awhile longer.
> What do you think? Let us know your thoughts.
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