Why I can't recommend Arch or Gentoo

Gregory Nowak greg at gregn.net
Fri Oct 2 20:42:14 EDT 2015

On Fri, Oct 02, 2015 at 07:23:10AM -0400, Steve Matzura wrote:
> Is there a way to use Ubuntu (or
> Debian) and get Speakup or some other speech working so it can be
> installed or used accessibly without having to resort to a special
> distro?

I can't speak to ubuntu, but as far as debian, the answer is a
resounding yes! From what I remember, software speech during the
install was an option since debian wheezy, which came out back in
2013 I think. I don't recall for sure, but speakup with
hardware speech was an option in the official debian install media as
far as squeeze, which came out sometime in 2011. Someone will correct
me here if I'm wrong.

Tony wrote:
> >What do I recommend?  For people who do like the command line and have a 
> >strong DOS background, I recommend Debian.  It has a talking, menu-driven 
> >installer.  The command line is there if you want it, but it isn't required. 
> Great. How do I start it talking after boot?

Insert the CD in the drive. The cd in question has to be the netinst iso,
or the first cd/dvd/bd from the official install set. It cannot be the small
business cd image. Once you put the cd in, give it a few seconds to spin up.
I don't remember if you get a beep or not. Then, type the letter s,
and press enter. After a few more seconds, you should here espeak say
"select the language for the installation." This is addressed in the install
guides for both x86, and amd64, which you would have known if you had done some
light research, and read either one.


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