Speakup & Ubuntu & PDAs

Glenn Ervin GlennErvin at cableone.net
Fri Aug 17 00:10:00 EDT 2007

Thanks Doug,
So is there a software speech that will fit onto a PDA with Ubuntu, or 
another project?
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Doug Sutherland" <doug at proficio.ca>
To: "Speakup is a screen review system for Linux." <speakup at braille.uwo.ca>
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2007 11:00 PM
Subject: Re: Speakup & Ubuntu & PDAs


The problem that you run into with speakup on PDAs is that
such devices do not have serial ports implemented on an ISA
bus like a PC. So even if you get linux installed there, on an
ARM, X-Scale, NEC, Dragonball, or whatever processor,
the code that initializes and writes to the serial ports will not
work, will not even compile.

Now maybe if you're doing software speech that doesn't
matter, but it still does matter, because the speakup code is
patches to the kernel, and when the kernel is not in the x86
tree, then parts of speakup don't jive with the source. This
doesn't mean it's not doable, but it does mean that at least
some modifications would be required to make speakup
work on PDAs since they are not on the x86 platform. It
may take some doing just to get the kernel to compile ...

  -- Doug

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