Gentoo Archives: gentoo-accessibility

From: William Hubbs <williamh@g.o>
To: gentoo-accessibility@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-accessibility] About to try an installation...blind.
Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 17:34:49
Message-Id: 20090527173440.GB2875@linux1
In Reply to: [gentoo-accessibility] About to try an installation...blind. by Gaijin
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Hi Michael,

Installing from another o/s is how I originally installed gentoo.  That
should work fine.  There is no installer program for gentoo, so if you
are using debian, for example, you are running your debian o/s until you
reboot at the end and go into gentoo.

For modern kernels, (newer than 2.6.26), you do not patch the kernel to
install speakup.  Right after you configure and install the gentoo
kernel, add the following steps while in the croot:

emerge speakup

Then, you have to edit /etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-2.6 and put the
name of the speakup module you want to load in there on a blank line,
such as:


If you are not comfortable with installing from another o/s, you can use
our 2007.0 minimal cd.  That is the latest cd we have right now that
has speakup included.

If you do have a second pc and can ssh into the box, it is possible to
do an install with our current minimal cd as follows:

When you get to the boot prompt, type the following:

gentoo dosshd passwd=something

That will boot the cd, start sshd and set the root password.

Now, figure out the ip address and ssh to that box from the other
machine and do the install that way, also do not forget to emerge
speakup and set the module while you are in the croot after installing
the kernel.

Let me know if you have any more questions.

On Wed, May 27, 2009 at 03:17:51AM -0700, Gaijin wrote:
> Hello all, > > I'm unfortunately running Debian Lenny, and all their software > is up to two years behind where accessibility and hardware support is > concerned. I'm trying to find a good method for installing Gentoo, but > am having problems finding documentation on whether Gentoo supports > either SpeakUP or Jupiter screen readers, or if the Live! CD has Orca > available. I've downloaded and burned the minimal installation disk and > am still looking for the non-torrent Live CD image, so haven't burned > that one yet. I have found the "Install from another OS" documentation, > but am not sure if my screen reader (SpeakUP) will continue to run > during the installation. I'm also wondering if when I compile the > kernel, how I may have to compile either SpeakUP, or patch the kernel > with the Jupiter screen reader. Is there a howto anyone can direct me > to, or is SpeakUP already supported in one of the kernels on the > installation disk(s)? TIA for any help, > > Michael > >
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Re: [gentoo-accessibility] About to try an installation...blind. Gaijin <gaijin@×××××××××.net>