State of accessibility on BSD systems
tony at baechler.net
Sun Sep 21 05:33:23 EDT 2008
Alex Snow wrote:
> I was able to install netbsd without sited assistence a while back,
> and I believe there is a way to do this with freebsd. All I did was
> use a serial console, with Minicom under linux.
Yes, I forgot to mention use of a serial console. I don't have one and
thus have no experience with using it. I read here that it can be done
that way but again I haven't tried because I don't have one. How much
does it cost and how does it work? Do you just plug it into a serial
port and get speech? They seem to be popular and one might be useful to
have if it isn't expensive.
Getting back to BSD installation, I can't comment on anything but
FreeBSD but it uses a text installer so perhaps it would be possible to
install via an emulator such as Bochs with a curses interface. NetBSD
claims to run on anything including the Vax so I'm sure it has a text
installer that could run in an emulator. If I try BSD again, I think I
would go with NetBSD just because it seems to be more historical
regarding older BSD software and does run on platforms which I've
certainly never heard of, far more than Linux. Either way, there is no
chance in the near future that Speakup will run on BSD because Speakup
is a set of Linux kernel modules.
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