Switching to Linux

Buddy Brannan buddy at brannan.name
Thu May 9 12:24:27 EDT 2013

I've been a little out of the loop for a while. Quite a while, as it happens. How does one do a talking Debian stable install these days? Serial synth required, or does speak happen somehow? 

I haven't actually done a Debian install in something like 5 years, probably. Maybe more. I really need to get my hand back in this stuff.
Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV - Erie, PA
Phone: (814) 860-3194 or 888-75-BUDDY

On May 9, 2013, at 11:41 AM, Øyvind Lode <oyvind at lode.is> wrote:

> Current Debian stable ships with kernel 3.2.41 so no need for backports.
> Debian 7.0 codename "wheezy" released May 4th.
> I have already upgraded my firewalls to Debian 7.0 and so far so good.
> Next up is one of my main servers which runs a few services like web, NTP, Samba and is currently powered by Debian 6.0.
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> From: Speakup [mailto:speakup-bounces at linux-speakup.org] On Behalf Of John G. Heim
> Sent: 9. mai 2013 16:01
> To: Speakup is a screen review system for Linux.
> Subject: Re: Switching to Linux
> All I did was to do a talking install  the current debian stable. Orca 
> came up talking on the login screen when I rebooted after finishing the 
> install.
> Some recommendations:
> 1. Go with debian stable.
> 2. Consider doing a dist upgrade to stable backports. This gets you a 
> 3.2 kernel.
> 3. Use firefox and thunderbird from mozilla on sourceforge. Do not use 
> the equivalent debian packages.
> 4. Gedit is more than adequate as a replacement for notepad.
> 5. Consider buying voxin. Voxin is eloquence for linux. You get the same 
> voice as jaws. It costs $6 from the oralux project. (Google it.) Voxin 
> may not be as stable as  espeak but I like the voice much more.
> On 05/09/13 02:27, Tony Baechler wrote:
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>> What changes did you have to make to your daily routine when you made the
>> switch?  I already use Firefox and Thunderbird here, but I'm still
>> primarily on XP.  I use my Linux server daily, but I purposely haven't put
>> X on it.  I have a small 10 GB installation of Debian unstable with X and
>> experimental, but Orca fails to work, or at least I don't have speech when
>> I try to start it.  Speakup, of course, works great.  I pretty much had
>> the same bad experiences with Orca as other people and I didn't try to do
>> anything fancy.  In fact, Vinux crashed almost constantly in Orca but not
>> Speakup.  I had to use a Speakup console to kill my Orca session and
>> reboot.  I read on the Debian accessibility list to enable experimental to
>> bring in the latest Orca improvements, but it didn't seem to help.  If
>> anything, it made things worse as I had a constant stream of broken
>> packages.  Now that Wheezy is out, I'll try again one of these days
>> soon-ish.  I'm not worried about moving my profiles over from Windows, but
>> I'm more wondering about changes made from an accessibility point of view.
>>  In other words, if someone with little to no Linux experience (not me,
>> but someone else) wanted to make the full-time switch to Orca, how well
>> could it be done and what adjustments would they have to make compared to
>> doing things the Windows way?
>> On 5/8/2013 10:57 AM, John G. Heim wrote:
>>> Huh, you're the second person in this thread to say that about orca.
>>> But I just decided to switch to linux full time a few months ago and it
>>> was pretty much a breeze.  I had been using that other operating system
>>> too but almost all the end users I support use linux (all good
>>> mathematicians do).  So I felt I was cheating by not using linux. But I
>>> have had little to no trouble switching to linux with orca. I use
>>> thunderbird & firefox constantly. It's not quite as good as
>>> Windows/jaws but honestly, I made the transition fairly easily.
>>> I am really shocked to hear all these complaints about orca. Not to
>>> doubt you. It's just   that it doesn't jibe with my experience at all.
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