the direction of speakup

Devon Stewart devonst17 at
Wed May 8 17:22:00 EDT 2013

UEFI is a neat idea, I wonder if virtual terminals would confuse it though.


May 8, 2013 13:53、Kelly Prescott <kprescott at> のメッセージ:

> I am certainly not a hardware expert, but Xen VmWare etal control the hardware as is.
> Now, they don't intercept the video at least I don't think they do, but the UEFI specification allows for things to run before boot and that is why I thought we might be able to do something with that.
> Remember the Speaqualizer back in the 1980's which read the hardware directly?
> Maybe we could have 2 parts to speakup...
> first takes over at the boot process and then a module gets loaded later to provide more functionality.
> this reads the boot and hardware kernel messages as well as providing for userspace support.
> On Wed, 8 May 2013, acollins at wrote:
>> I doubt that would work, I'm not familiar with uefi, but it would have
>> have to intercept all the kernels hardware video calls in order to speak
>> while the kernel is running.  Do you know what hardware specs the uefi
>> spec has?
>> Gene
>>> Maybe the UEFI specification can help us.
>>> What about a small UEFI application to be a screen reader then launch the
>>> kernel or what ever.
>>> This would not work for older systems, but might get around the kernel
>>> driver problem as the reader encapsulates the kernel so to speak.
>>> On Wed, 8 May 2013, Martin G. McCormick wrote:
>>> --- anip ---
>>>>    A Unix kernel is the master process and everything else
>>>> that happens on your system is spawned as a subprocess of the
>>>> master. Would it be possible to have a kernel equipped with
>>>> speakup spawn the rest of one's system as if it was a virtual
>>>> system? That could take care of the I/O.
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