Voxin was: Re: Switching to Linux

Brandon McGinty-Carroll bmmcginty at bmcginty.hopto.org
Thu May 9 15:37:44 EDT 2013

As I recall, voxen requires /dev/dsp or somesuch ancient sound API.
Is this no longer correct?

Brandon McGinty-Carroll

On Thu, May 09, 2013 at 09:01:28AM -0500, John G. Heim wrote:
> 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:
> >Hash: SHA256
> >
> >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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