debian installation

Marcel Oats moats at
Sun Feb 12 23:23:31 EST 2006

The key is to read where the cursor is placed, by pressing numpad five.  If 
you've been exploring the screen, then you need to press numpad enter to 
rout the speakup cursor to where the shell cursor is.  The reason why it 
says things like "yes no", or "no back", is that the buttons are reprinted 
with or without highlighting.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ned" <ngranic at>
To: "Speakup is a screen review system for Linux." <speakup at>
Sent: Monday, February 13, 2006 5:04 AM
Subject: Re: debian installation

> for now i'll install the dns server since that's what we do at school, and
> later on, after mastering the system, i will play with it any way i want.
> i forgot to ask couple of questions related to speakup itself:
> on the screen when grub bootloader is installed, the buttons are read by
> speakup  as "go back yes" (the yes button), "go back no" (the no button),
> and "yes no" (don't know that one); and also on the finishing installation
> screen the "go back" and "continue" buttons are both read as "go back
> continue"; how does one get around this problem in distinguishing which 
> one
> is which?
> and this must be linux question of which i should be ashamed, but anyway:
> how do i edit a previously entered command line, that is, how do i insert 
> or
> delete from it other than appending it and deleting from its end?
> by-the-way, does java virtual machine as well as a java compiler come by
> default in debian? i know that the gcc c/c++ compiler as well as perl
> interpreter do. how wonderfull!!!
> many thanks good people!
> ned
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Marcel Oats" <moats at>
> To: "Speakup is a screen review system for Linux." 
> <speakup at>
> Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 1:40 AM
> Subject: Re: debian installation
>> Hi Ned, all files will be on hdb, however you partition it, as your WinXP
>> drive is full.
>> I just selected everything, except manual package selection.  If you
>> install
>> a desktop system, you'll get the X server, whereas you'd just get a shell
>> if
>> you install any other server-based platform.  They're all [*] kind of
>> checkboxes anyway, and the whole thing here is taking up about 5.2 gb, I
>> think.
>> Also, if you install the desktop system as well as other stuff, you can
>> then
>> install gnopernicus, by logging into a shell and typing
>> apt-get install gnopernicus
>> and it'll retrieve it from the net.  Good luck getting it working, I
>> couldn't, which I think is a pity, as I'd like to see what it's like.
>> Glad to be of assistance, hopefully!
>> I did an
>> apt-get dist-upgrade
>> on my system, which brought most of the components up-to-date.  It did
>> *not*
>> alter the base kernel, but replaced some modules, so if you do that,
>> follow
>> their instructions and reboot immediately.  Since doing that, I've 
>> noticed
>> disk writes are a lot quicker.
>> Marcel
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "Ned" <ngranic at>
>> To: "Speakup is a screen review system for Linux."
>> <speakup at>
>> Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 8:51 PM
>> Subject: Re: debian installation
>>> thanks a million! this is what i was looking for...
>>> i've got the hd, and cannot wait until Monday to pick up the barroed
>>> synth,
>>> and then the music shall start!
>>> now tell me is it gonna make any difference when i install the debian as
>>> a
>>> dns server rather than a desctop system?
>>> one more question: which drive will be the root?
>>> oh, i'm looking forward to finishing the installation ...
>>> many thanks once more!
>>> ned
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