Mike Ray mike at
Fri May 3 14:29:57 EDT 2013

Hello Gene,

Thanks for the welcome.

Although I have SpeakUp running in Raspbian, there are some serious 
stability issues.  Sometimes the tty I'm logged in to crashes and 
occasionally the kernel crashes, or I assume it does as once this 
happens there's no way I can tell what has happened.

In getting this far I have had to look at the source quite closely and I 
noticed the changes over the last few years following some fundamental 
kernel changes.

It looks to me as if a lot of the distros are making patches to the 
source and these patches don't seem to find their way back to the 
SpeakUp source repo.

In an effort to solve the stability issues in the Pi kernel version 
3.6.11 I took the SpeakUp source from's 3.8.11 tree but it 
doesn't seem to have solved the problem.

I don't know if these stability problems are specifically Raspberry Pi 
problems, possibly relating to the lower resources on the little 
machine, or whether SpeakUp is unstable in some desktop distros.

Opinions and any help would be welcomed.


On 03/05/2013 19:03, acollins at wrote:
> Hello Mike!  Welcome aboard!  I'm not a raspberry user, but I'm glad to
> hear you have yours up and running.  You'll find most topics fair game
> for discussion here.
> Gene Collins
>> Hello,
>> I've just joined the list.
>> I have recently managed to get SpeakUp going for the Raspberry Pi using
>> Raspbian.
>> In doing so I've had to do a lot of reading about kernel versions and
>> SpeakUp source etc. so I thought I'd join the list.
>> Mike
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>> Michael A. Ray
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>> South-east UK
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