Accessible Ubuntu Installation?

Michael Whapples mwhapples at
Sun May 24 13:32:11 EDT 2009

I don't know what the status is with ubuntu, but generally its GUI based 
and so concentrates on orca.

I will try and attend to your GRML issues. Firstly if you have more than 
one sound card check both cards for audio output, it can be 
unpredictable which will be used as the default card when booting the 
liveCD. Also remember that passing the swspeak command at the boot 
prompt only prepares the system for software speech output, you should 
hear a message saying that software speech is enabled and to run swspeak 
when booting finishes and another telling you that booting has finished. 
I find the one telling you that booting has finished tells you a few 
seconds before the command prompt actually appears. Once booting has 
finished then run the command:
and speakup should start talking via software speech.

If you hear neither of the boot messages, either your sound isn't 
working (although I would expect the SB live to work without issue) or 
your listening through the wrong sound card (hence my earlier comment to 
try and listen to both).

Unfortunately the "which sound card" issue can't be solved entirely for 
liveCDs (I believe it affects more than GRML) but once installed it can 
be solved with the index option to the sound modules and may be 
~/.asoundrc files. Also you may be able to do something if you use GRML 
as a liveCD regular by looking into some of its persistance options for 
storing settings perminantly.

Does any of this help with GRML?

Michael Whapples
On -10/01/37 20:59, Gaijin wrote:
>   Hello all,
>   Just wondering if anyone is running Ubuntu and know how to
> install it?  I can't seem to find anything referring to accessibility,
> speakup, jupiter, or software synthesis parameters available with a
> Ubuntu installation.  GRML is not starting with the swspeak boot
> parameter on my puter on my desktop.  Maybe because I have a motherboard
> and SB Live sound card installed.  TIA,
>           Michael

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