Re: [orca-list] screenreader for ubuntu's console.

Two responses, Lorenzo ...

Lorenzo Taylor writes:
The main problem with speakup is that it requires major patching to the
kernel and may not work with the latest kernels.

But the same is true for any one of the hundreds of modules provided by
the kernel, especially when related kernel features are being
re-architected. There's nothing special about Speakup in this regard,
except the fact that, since it's not part of the kernel, the kernel
developer community doesn't feel responsible to help maintain its
functionality.  To put this differently, once Speakup is in the kernel,
there will be less of this kind of problem in Speakup's future.

Most distros no longer
have speakup precompiled, so the kernel has to be rebuilt in order for
speakup to work. Speakup is great if you need to hear all the boot
messages, but if you are looking for an easy install, unfortunately it
isn't very easy to get going.

Most distros never did provide Speakup in their packages. But those of
us in the community have and continue to provide kernels and entire
distributions with Speakup included. This makes getting Speakup working
no harder than getting Linux working. Again, because of community
support, there's nothing more difficult about Speakup in the area of
installation and configuration, either. The community has made it just
as easy as updating your kernel or installing a new Linux system.


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