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- Subject: New user
- From: "Jean Jordaan" <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 12:47:53 +200
- CC: Laurent de Fontenay <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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I'd like to introduce a new emacspeak user to the fold. He's Laurent
de Fontenay <firstname.lastname@example.org> and he'll be on this list as
soon as he gets some subscription gremlins sorted out. (Ann Parsons:
if you're reading this, Laurent told me that he's willing to try
Linux partly because of something you wrote.)
Installation report follows. Skip this if you're in a hurry.
I did the installation. Machine: Pentium 75 - 200, 133Mhz, 53.25
bogomips; 32Mb RAM. At first I tried Debian, because I like the
thorough documentation and the deb package format, and because I
wanted to try it. Also, our university is a Debian mirror. After a
couple of days, however, I gave up on Debian for now.
first, the stable distribution includes only emacspeak-8 and I wanted
to install 10. When I added unstable to the places apt looks for
packages and selected emacspeak-10, this precipitated a cascade of
installs and upgrades, and also revealed that the local mirror of
unstable is incomplete. The resulting installation was wonky as hell.
Eventually it even rebooted in readonly mode, and fsck spewed pages
second, a tool like RedHat's sndconfig seems to be missing and I
didn't have the time or knowhow to configure kernel sound modules.
The advice I got was mostly "recompile the kernel!" but I know that
shouldn't be necessary anymore.
Anyway, so I installed RedHat 6.0 (also mirrored locally, wow). This
went smooth as butter. I ran emacspeakconfig, selected Dolphin
Apollo, entered emacspeak, and got the greeting. Fantastic. Auditory
icons also work. (Soundcard: SoundBlaster 16 PnP)
This isn't an Apollo II, though. Problems were: speech stopped upon
encountering a comma, a colon, a quotation mark (sometimes). The
first letter of the block to be spoken wasn't pronounced. Rapid
movement confused the synth.
Luckily Laurent has a Braille'n'Speak as well. I selected it using
emacspeakconfig and it's working fine with none of the Apollo's
I haven't perceived any voice-lock functionality yet. Perhaps it
needs more configuration and RTFM.
I installed w3 and it seems to either work fine or not at all,
telling me stuff like
Could not contact host: google.com / 80 Attempted using gateway
method: native ---- Error was: ---- File error: "connection
failed", "connection refused", "google.com", "WWW
It reached the w3 homepage with no trouble.
At the moment, the way it draws tables and frames seem obstructive.
I'm sure the docs tell how to fix this.
PS I'm also going to try mbrola with emacspeak again (bart -- any
newer drivers?), as well as screader with festival. Festival
segfaults at the moment. I installed mbrola, screader and festival
from RPMs on October 1998 CD's of the blinux archive.
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