hardware speech (was: Accessible Live CD's?)

John G. Heim jheim at math.wisc.edu
Tue Mar 11 09:48:10 EDT 2014

I wrote up some docs on getting the debian wheezy kernel patched to work 
with hardware synths.  There are pre-patched kernels there too. I 
personally use  these pre-patched kernels on literally hundreds of 
machines I maintain  in my job. But I have yet to hear of anyone else 
using them successfully. On the other hand, I only posted them a couple 
of weeks ago. Anyway, here is a link to the docs:


On 03/11/14 02:13, Jayson Smith wrote:
> Hi,
> Slightly off-thread, as I'm still looking for a good distro to install.
> Are the days of hardware synths on serial ports over? My extra computer
> has two serial ports, and I have a perfectly good DECtalk Express. I
> don't need a GUI, I'm used to the Linux command line.
> Thanks,
> Jayson
> On 3/10/2014 11:28 PM, Kyle wrote:
>> You can try the TalkingArch live CD at
>> http://talkingarch.tk/
>> It usually comes up at a decent volume, and will allow you to choose
>> which sound card or headset you want at boot time via a voice recording
>> and a beep. You can install packages on-the-fly, just like in most other
>> systems, so you can install the ftp package for one-time use as soon as
>> you get a prompt. You would install it like
>> pacman -Sy <package>
>> in this case. There is also the #talkingarch IRC channel on Freenode if
>> you need help in realtime. Hope this helps.
>> ~Kyle
>> http://kyle.tk/
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John G. Heim, 608-263-4189, jheim at math.wisc.edu

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