2004.2 should work with speakup. The last 2004.2 iso I tested worked
fine with it. However, when you boot the iso it doesn't beep at the boot
prompt, so it requires a lot of guess work. When you get the boot
prompt, you should type 'gentoo speakup_synth=your_synth'
Gentoo does have a kernel with speakup built into it, Well, we actually
have a couple. 'gentoo-sources' which is a 2.4 kernel that's the
standard gentoo sources kernel. 'xfs-sources' which more or less speaks
for itself. and 'gentoo-dev-sources' which is the 2.6 branch of the
kernel tree. I would highly recommend the 'gentoo-dev-sources' kernel.
This one has the latest patches, and I think includes the decktalk
As for the 2004.2 iso, I'm not sure wether this includes your decktalk
pci drivers or not. I don't remember which version of the kernel it
uses, and since the death of my desktop, I haven't been able to burn
On Thu, 5 Aug 2004, Whitley CTR Cecil H wrote:
> Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2004 08:31:33 -0400
> From: Whitley CTR Cecil H <WhitleyCH.ctr@...>
> Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> To: "'email@example.com'"
> Subject: RE: [gentoo-accessibility] 2004.2
> Hi deedra,
> Okay, sorry i should have included complete information in my original
> query. I have since googled a bit and d/l'ed the tgz from the speakup site
> and read the readme. The program itself is dtload. It is included in the
> speakup sources. It is an optional driver for the dectalk pc, and according
> to the speakup mailing list (may 04) it works with the dectalk pc2 as well,
> but files have to be replaced which come from DEC (the boards "firmware"
> files). So, with all that said, I presume I can get there from here with
> gentoo, i'll just need to use my external dectalk express long enough to
> compile the additional driver as a module and replace the default files with
> the equivilents for the pc2.
> So, now with all that said, does 2004.2 have speakup built-in? Is there
> anything I should watch out for when compiling mmy own kernel? I assume
> there's still not an ebuild for a kernel with speakup in it, or is there?
> The compile shouldn't be too horrible, after all it will be a minimal system
> for use as a router/firewall. It's also not my normal system so if I have
> to leave it in a corner compiling for a few days, that's no big deal (except
> for thunderstorms, ain't summer great?). I won't want much on it to begin
> with and I may remove most of that so that if it gets hacked they won't have
> much to work with. In fact i'll probably use a stripped down busybox for
> the shell and remove everything from /bin and /sbin that I can and have the
> system still function. As long as I can mount, I can always put the tools I
> need on cd since I will have physical access.
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