This sounds kinda fun. I'd definitely be interested in toying with it.
I have a T-mobile htc one m8 running 5.0.2 (Lollypop), a bluetooth
keyboard (kc1280), and a couple headsets LOL. I'm not super-familiar
with elisp or anything, but I do know my way around emacs and
emacspeak fairly well, and am very patient and can think through any
problems I may have.
On 2/27/15, Greg Priest-Dorman <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> As some of you may recall I started running emacspeak in a linux chroot on
> android about 3 years back. Others wanted to do this as well and I said I
> would share. I never did. The reason was that this configuration required
> rooting your android device. Each device has it's own way of rooting it,
> and I was uncomfortable suggesting people try that when it can result in a
> bricked device and it will result in a device that has increased security
> issues. So, I continued to use it and I shared it with those folks who
> asked and already had experience rooting their device, but it went no
> Until now.
> Lately I have been playing with GNUroot. This is a proot system. It has
> some limitations, but basically it tries to do what chroot did but all in
> user space. This means that with some limitations, you can run emacspeak
> in a debian wheezy image on a non-rooted android tablet or phone. Org mode
> works fine, shell works but does not have job control, gnus email works but
> may have issues depending how much mail you have and how you collect it.
> Basically, anything that does not need root or a pty should work in emacs.
> As for emacpeak, you cannot change speed of the TTS, it uses GoogleTTS at a
> fast rate by default. You cannot do sound on the linux side, only on the
> android side, so no audio icons, no mplayer. There may be a solution to
> that, but currently there is not.
> I am happy to share this as it does not risk your phone the way having to
> root it does. I am working on (and need some help with) the step by step
> instructions. I am looking for two or three folks who want to help me
> turn this into something we can post for whoever wants it by testing it
> out, and helping turn the instructions into something more usable.
> So, who do I want right now? Well you should be comfortable with emacs,
> emacpeak and TalkBack. You need an android tablet or phone running Jelly
> Bean, KItKat or LollyPop with around a gig of space free. You need a
> keyboard that works with your phone or tablet (while not strictly required,
> it is such a huge help that I want the alpha testers to have external
> What you will be doing:
> Installing a few things from Google Play.
> Installing one apk not from Google Play (so you have to enable "unsecure
> sources" in your security settings).
> Getting some files from google drive (it is were I have them for now while
> I work on it).
> Untar'ing three tar files into the newly created linux area.
> Dealing with your frustration when it does not do something you wanted it
> to do...
> Describing to me what does not work for you so we can fix it or document it
> for those that follow.
> Any takers?
> Greg Priest-Dorman
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