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Old 01-29-2005, 11:58 PM   #1
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Need help installing Slackware with SpeakUp for blind person


Hello. I have a friend who is blind, and who uses linux because it incorporates the SpeakUp application he needs to "read" and respond to messages. I do not have linux, so cannot help him. He wants to install Slackware, but wants to save some programming that he has done in the past. (He would have to explain to you exactly what he wants to do. He is very computer literate.) Right now he can read e-mail messages through a friend, but cannot respond by email. He cannot use chats such as Yahoo messenger, etc. Is there anyone who could help this person over the phone? He is willing to call someone within the United States to get this information. If there is anyone who can help, please respond, and I will give you his number. You can call him and give him your number, then he will call you back. He lives in Santa Ana, CA. Thank you.

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Old 01-31-2005, 12:13 PM   #2
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Hi,

i am using slackware 10, and it runs quite nice. But i am afraid i can't give any telephone
support in installing it.

If there is an other way i could help, just tell a little more about it. That task is solveable.
 
Old 01-31-2005, 12:29 PM   #3
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Have him tell you what he needs while you type it in.
Then perhaps I can help
 
Old 01-31-2005, 01:02 PM   #4
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Maybe the slackware installation is a good point to start:

http://www.slackware.org/install/

I think he has to create a boot disk. He can use the following image:

From slackware installation page:
----8<--------8<--------8<----
speakup.s This is like the bare.i (standard IDE) disk, but has support for Speakup (and since there was space, support for Adaptec's AIC7xxx SCSI controllers is also included) Speakup provides access to Linux for the visually impaired community. It does this by sending console output to a number of different hardware speech synthesizers. It provides access to Linux by making screen review functions available. For more information about speakup and its drivers check out: http://www.linux-speakup.org. To use this, you'll need to specify one of the supported synthesizers on the bootdisk's boot prompt:
ramdisk speakup_synth=synth
where 'synth' is one of the supported speech synthesizers: acntpc, acntsa, apolo, audptr, bns, decext, dectlk, dtlk, ltlk, spkout, txprt
----8<--------8<--------8<--------8<----

I don't know any of the syntesizers, so i can be no help in that point.
After booting with the boot disk he has to create partions (at least one main partition and
a swap partition.) This is done with fdisk.

After partioning the harddisk, the system is installed via 'setup'.
 
Old 01-31-2005, 02:56 PM   #5
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slack only needs a boot disk if the cd won't boot. On a decently modern system, it will install as easily as any other version of linux, it just looks a little different, using only curses.
 
Old 02-01-2005, 12:50 PM   #6
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He should get the latest slackware CD's. The installation process will be somthing like the following:
1. Insert CD 1 and boot from it.
2. Choose a kernel to boot, ie. speakup.s [return]
3. Choose keyboard map. Just hit ['return] for US keymaps
4. Now login as root. root [return]
5. Define the partitions. This can be done with fdisk.
At least one main partition and a swap should be defined.
6. Start installation process. setup [return]

Installation of slackware is no mysterious thing. It works quite like any other OS. He may need someone who can assist him directly, because i think, that the installation process does not supports voice output.

Good luck.
 
  


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