Accessible Live CD's?

John G. Heim jheim at
Tue Mar 11 09:14:18 EDT 2014

I use grml for something practically every day.  The developers are very 
receptive to adding accessability as long as it doesn't veer  away from 
standard tools. In other words, if you  tell them a certain debian 
package would be very useful for accessibility, the odds are very good 
that it will be included. But if you ask them to tweak something to make 
it accessible, they probably won't. Personally, I think that is a 
reasonable, even positive, attitued. Non-standard tools or tweaks tend 
to break. You don't want to rely on that stuff.  So I like grml.

To get software speech, do the following:
1. Boot from the grml live cd and wait until you here a 4 tone tune. 
This tune means the system has finished booting.
2. Press enter to exit the grml menu.
3. Type commands to get software speech started:

modprobe speakup_soft

On 03/10/14 21:22, James Homuth wrote:
> I'm wondering what's out there these days as far as accessible live CD's
> goes. I need to be able to gain FTP access to a system but don't plan to
> actually install Linux on that system. If it supports software speech, that
> would be perfect. Is there such a thing as a live CD that'll do the trick,
> or is it wishful thinking on my part? Any help would be more than
> appreciated.
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