Glenn Ervin GlennErvin at
Wed Dec 19 23:11:56 EST 2007

The screen should not matter to a Blind user, as I keep mine straight up.
I think the best bet for using Linux on it is to try to get the complete 
Gnome desktop installed into Xandros, then you will have Orca.
If my XP crack doesn't work, I will not buy XP, I will go Linux.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena at>
To: "'Speakup is a screen review system for Linux.'" 
<speakup at>
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2007 11:20 AM
Subject: RE: Asus EEE PC

Someone wrote:
or has anyone installed ubuntu with orca or speakup?

I reply:

Yes I got one, it's great little unit but it's a difficult beast.

It's easy to install Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy on it and get it talking.  However it 
has 2 problems:

I can't get Madwifi working.  Thus wireless doesn't work.

It won't shutdown properly which is annoying but not very difficult to stop. 
>From memory it's a matter of passing a power management parameter to the 
kernel at boot time.

My biggest problem with it is that it is unbalanced.  Thus if the screen is 
tilted back in typical laptop position, it tips up.  i.e.  The keyboard is 
lifted off the deck.  The screen is heavier.

The preinstalled stuff is KDE and very tightly tied up.  The manual states 
that you can't remove any of the preinstalled software and their right. 
Unless you wipe the disk.

Oh and that's another thing.  I haven't found a complete version of the 
manual yet either.


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