Installing speakup with software speech

Sina Bahram sbahram at
Tue Jun 22 03:49:52 EDT 2004

Ok, that's awesome, since I'm a total newbie at this...that was a great
explination. I will try to find some time to do it, and let you know.

I unfortunately will be using a Windows Telnet client....*sigh* but oh
well...i'll play with it. Now, I thought that pico didn't come with Fedora,
so what was that last stuff? What editor would I be using then?

Thanks for all this great info.

Take care,

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-----Original Message-----
From: speakup-bounces at [mailto:speakup-bounces at]
On Behalf Of Jacob Schmude
Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 2:39 AM
To: Speakup is a screen review system for Linux.
Subject: RE: Installing speakup with software speech

	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
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.

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