Installing speakup with software speech

Jacob Schmude jschmude at
Tue Jun 22 02:38:57 EDT 2004

	Telnet's your answer then. It's a real pain to navigate with any 
windows telnet client IMHO, but if you use the standard linux telnet it 
reads perfectly. Make sure your ISOs are relatively recent (June 7, I 
believe) since telnet was fixed in those. Start the install with:
text telnet
at the boot: prompt. If you don't know what IP you'll be given, but you 
know an IP that's free, use:
text telnet
Of course, put the actual IP numbers in there. Once the CD drive starts 
spinning, telnet into the IP address. If you use linux telnet, you won't 
even know the difference as far as the speaking install goes. In fact, 
when I did it, once I ejected the wrong CDrom drive when it told me to 
change disks. The only problem is... telnet server may not be installed. 
This means that once you install and reboot, you may not be able to get 
back in. For this reason I'd recommend putting the telnet-server RPM on a 
floppy and installing it as the installation ends. Also, you'll have to 
customize the firewall during installation and check the box next to 
telnet, since you'll have to get back in once installation is finished.
 To do this, when the 
installer prompts you to reboot, press ctrl+z instead. Now,  chroot into 
your new installation like so:
chroot /mnt/sysimage
	Now mount that floppy:
mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
or in the case of a USB floppy:
mount /dev/sda /mnt/floppy
create /mnt/floppy if it says the mount point isn't valid. Now install the 
telnet-server RPM. OK, one more thing to do, remove the firstboot RPM:
rpm -e firstboot
Some people like to just turn it off but I don't see any reason to have it 
lying around. Now, exit the chroot shell. Hold on, two more files to edit:
	As the editor, use "pico". This is not pico, it launches the joe 
editor in pico mode--nano won't work under telnet and vi doesn't track 
correctly. First, edit:
	This is standard procedure, change the default runlevel to 3. 
There's a line reading:
change that 5 to a 3.  ctrl+x to exit and save. NOw, edit:
	You'll see a line in there that says:
disable = yes
change that to:
disable = no
	This ensures that you can telnet into your newly installed system 
and either get speech running or set up SSH for a more secure 
connection. Once speech is set up, I highly recommend closing the telnet 
service unless you're going to be using it for some reason.
Well, hope this helps you out.
Note that the speakup-provided kernels already have the sftsyn module 
ready to be modprobed.

On Tue, 22 Jun 2004, Sina Bahram wrote:

SB> Hi Jacob,
SB> Thanks for the points. So I'm stuck installing it either with visual
SB> assistance or via telnet/ssh and then getting software speech via including
SB> them as modules?

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