[lfs-dev] Thinking about a new LFS Live CD/iso

Nick Gawronski nick at nickgawronski.com
Thu Apr 21 11:13:13 PDT 2016

Hi, The speakup screen reader is now in the staging area of the linux 
kernel and should probably be built as modules or directly into the 
kernel.  I know that in Debian the speakup_soft module is loaded into 
the initrd if you install with speech then the espeakup program is 
loaded after alsa to start the screen reader.  Personally I like using 
speech-dispatcher and speechd-up yes they say on their web sites they 
are outdated but they support more then just espeak. I get the fact that 
not all users are blind so think if the live CD had no boot prompt 
timeout and had a shortcut in the menu for starting speech for blind 
users that is what the Debian discs do as well as have a beep at the 
boot prompt the control+G at the beginning of the boot.msg file on the 
disc.  Hope this helps some. Nick Gawronski

On 4/21/2016 9:23 AM, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> Top posting for blind readers.
> This is the first time I've seen any request to support blind 
> readers.  I would think that the host system would handle things for 
> LFS, but I understand the issue for BLFS.  I'll look into adding the 
> speakup screen reader.  Building speakup from within chroot should 
> minimize the time without screen reader support.
> I looked for speakup on google and it gave 
> http://www.linux-speakup.org/, but it appears to be down.  I got an 
> "address not found" when trying to go to the site,  If you know of a 
> better URL, let me know.
> I did find 
> ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackware/slackware-current/SPEAKUP_DOCS.TXT
> Created BLFS ticket #7754.
>   -- Bruce
> Nick Gawronski wrote:
>> Hi, I also am totally blind and think the new live disc should 
>> include the
>> speakup screen reader and sound card support as most newer systems don't
>> have built in serial ports so using an external hardware voice 
>> synthesizer
>> is not possible.  Also, Reading the normal book I understand about no
>> sound card support like alsa utilities but for a blind user who requires
>> it for speech output could this not be moved to the LFS main book?  Once
>> the disc is built putting directions on how you built the disc would be
>> very useful as well as having the disc load all of the way into ram 
>> so the
>> physical disc can be removed from the drive would be a very useful
>> addition.  Nick Gawronski
>> On 4/21/2016 3:10 AM, Chris Staub wrote:
>>> (sending again, to both lists this time)
>>> On 04/18/2016 04:24 PM, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>>>> I've been thinking thinking about a new Live CD/Rescue CD based on 
>>>> LFS.
>>>> It would be much less ambitious than the old one that included an X
>>>> implementation.
>>>> What I had in mind is a base LFS system with the following:
>>>> gptfdisk
>>> Current fdisk tools in util-linux should support gpt. Is there any
>>> advantage to gptfdisk now?

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