State of accessibility on BSD systems

Alex Snow alex_snow at
Sun Sep 21 11:18:08 EDT 2008

All a serial console is is a computer running a terminal program like Minicom on unix or 
hyperterminal in windows.
The only BSD I have had any experience installing was netbsd (I needed it to run a Mop 
server so I could netboot a microvax), and it had a text installer that was really easy 
to do over serial.
On Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 02:33:23AM -0700, Tony Baechler wrote:
> 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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