Serial conflict

Jacob Schmude j.schmude at
Wed Mar 2 16:36:21 EST 2011

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Hi Steve
I'm glad I'm not the only one, though I know that doesn't help. It's
definitely not the speakout driver in this case. I don't have one, but
I do have a doubletalk lt, accent sa, and dectalk express, all of
which I've tried. I'd try my Keynote SA as well except Speakup doesn't
support that one.
I understand the hope of better serial support, though I think the
logic is flawed. I remember once before when speakup/kernel
integration was being pursued, and one of the reasons it didn't get in
was because of its self-contained and ancient serial stack. However,
expecting others to help--others who, I might add, don't need speakup
and probably never will--is probably not going to gain results. If
this is going to be done, it's going to be someone who needs speakup
and has good kernel development skills, not some random kernel
developer with nothing else to do. Things just don't work that way. I
wish I could do it, but what I know about kernel hacking you could
write on a 3 by 5 card in jumbo braille and still have blank space
left over. <grin> Application programming is fine, but once I hit
kernel land my head starts to hurt.

On 03/02/2011 01:20 PM, Steve Holmes wrote:
> Hi Jacob,
> I too use Arch Linux but also experience the same problem you do.
> Though I didn't get into messing with kernel details, I tried the
> solution that Chuck suggested in his previous message, but no joy
> for me either. My failure to get serials to work goes back to
> something like 2.6.34. 've been trying this with a Speakout, using
> the speakup_spkout driver. I thought someone told me that driver
> had a bug of some kind but I really would like to be able to use an
> external synthesizer, especially if software speech goes south when
> playing with pulse audio or other such evil things.
> I really wish we could get to the bottom of this serial problem
> since that used to be speakup's life blood. I think many of us are
> hoping the recent kernel integration might lead us to support in
> getting the serial support beefed up so you could even use USB or
> PCI serial ports and not be locked into the old ones which hardly
> exist anymore on most new computers.
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