Hi, I just finished reading through the Emacspeak at 20 article and entered what I have dubbed my "Emacspeak loop" again. This basically consists of me wanting to try Emacspeak, building a vm of the latest blind-friendly Linux distro out there to save time, downloading the latest emacspeak, trying to set it up, failing, getting frustrated and giving up. It has become a trend for me to wonder what strange, unclear error will jump out at me next when I try to configure and build Emacspeak. The installation howto that is available appears to last have been updated about 12 years ago and scraping together bits and pieces from this list , as well as other blogs, sometimes help me enough to actually get a semi-stable instance of Emacspeak going if I'm lucky. Now don't get me wrong, I really like the concept Emacspeak is trying to portray. I am a computer science student myself and aim for this to be my chosen career path. I'd like Emacspeak to be a part of that, but if I keep having to work a day or more to make the system boot up, let alone run smoothly, I am wondering where things are going wrong. Shouldn't we take a bit of time to make this part of the emacspeak experience a little more user-friendly? Think of writing up accurate and contemporary installation docs? Perhaps change the installation script so it actually looks for what speech system is currently being used rather than making the user manually configure this, just to name an example? I like the configurability Emacspeak provides. It gives you the opportunity to change everything to your liking, but again, this is no use to anybody if they can't get the system to work. I've recommended Emacspeak to others in the past and more often than notwas met with a reply sounding something like "Hmm ...yeah I've heard of it and played around with it, but I never really got it to work ..." . I think this is a shame. The more users Emacspeak has the better it can become. Configurability is good, but sometimes it's also nice to have a way to quickly get things to work. I just thought of something while writing this long email, could vagrant not offer a solution here? Offer pre-made linux VM's where Emacspeak is already configured? I'm just throwing ideas out there, because I really think this needs to be improved. Regards, Florian ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe from the emacspeak list or change your address on the emacspeak list send mail to "firstname.lastname@example.org" with a subject of "unsubscribe" or "help".
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