starting over

Dawes, Stephen Stephen.Dawes at
Wed Jun 16 11:46:43 EDT 2004

I guess so, if you are stuck on Debian. If you did a Fedora 2 install,
you could eliminate a number of the steps you just listed, and have a
speakup talking installation running when all at the end of the install.
For that matter, I don't think that I am far the mark when I say that a
fresh install of a number of distros that are available on the speakup
site will also do just the same for you. Why do more work then you have

Now, before you other distro lovers jump on me for using Fedora, I am
NOT SAYING that fedora is better then the others, I am saying that this
is the one that I know. Additionally, Bill and Janina have done a lot of
good work in getting both fedora and the installation documentation
together for anyone wanting to use it. 

Steve Dawes
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Email: SDawes at

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: speakup-bounces at 
> [mailto:speakup-bounces at] On Behalf Of Jeff Jacobson
> Sent: 2004 June 16 8:45 AM
> To: speakup
> Subject: starting over
> Hi,
> I had no luck with the 2.6.6 kernel. I was able to build it 
> with the speakup cvs installed, however it would not boot on 
> my machine. I think there were just too many options in the 
> "make config" that I was probably not selecting correctly. My 
> source trees were fairly messed up by the time I finished 
> trying to install 2.4.17, 2.4.25 and 2.6.6, and the Package 
> Manager APT was so hosed it wouldn't run or repair.
> So I tried installing from the "Speakup Enabled Boot 
> Floppies" and though they load, there were no drivers for my 
> network card and it would not read my Debian iso image CD.
> Here is my current plan of attack, and any suggestions would 
> be appreciated:
> 1) I'm performing a fresh install over the Internet of Debian 
> 2.2.20. I'm building a minimal systems this time and will add 
> X Windows and such later.
> 2) Patch the kernel up to version 2.4.17 and then 2.4.25. 
> When the kernel is building and running without problems, 
> move on to step 3.
> 3) Install the speakup cvs. If and when I can get this far, 
> I'll start installing Apache, Samba, X Windows, etc.
> Does this sound like a reasonable approach?
> Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
> Jeff
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