the direction of speakup

covici at covici at
Thu May 2 00:09:17 EDT 2013

hmmm, I wonder if we could just add a kernel driver as though we were
writing one for a new serial card that way we would conform to what the
kernel devs want?  From within that, maybe you could specify the way to
get the device to use, or maybe have some simple user space program to
tell it the device -- this is way off the top of my head, but is
interesting to me.  You could write drivers for speech dispatcher for
serial synths, but getting that into an initramfs would be difficult,
you would have to change the generation scripts for each distribution,

my $.02 (or .2 trillion with hyperinflation).

William Hubbs <w.d.hubbs at> wrote:

> All,
> let's start a new thread here to figure out what needs to be done with
> speakup.
> Here are my ideas and the issues I see with them:
> 1. What should we do with support for the internal ISA synthesizers?
> My thought is that these can be dropped.
> 2. We basically have two choices for the serial synthesizer issues.
> a. If we keep this code inside the kernel, the bottom line is it needs
> to be completely rewritten and there need to be changes made on the
> kernel side to make it work correctly.
> This will take time, and someone here will need to
> work closely with the kernel  developers, and we'll need to find someone
> in the kernel community to guide us -- maybe not by writing the code for
> us, but at least consulting with us.
> b. If we move this code into user space, we can code it however we want,
> and that frees us from involving the kernel team.
> question:
> If we move the serial code to user space, I realize there is a concern
> about missing early boot messages. Would putting the user space daemon
> into an initramfs solve this?  would you be able to start it early
> enough to get all of the boot messages if it was in an initramfs?
> William
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