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Re: emacspeak versus commercial software


Please do not read this as criticism.  I am merely looking for a critical
analysis of emacspeak versus commercial software. Jason provided exactly the
type of information I am looking for (though I have not yet fully digested
his comments).  I have not been able to get this software to work on two PCs
so far.  The first one was a P90 with only 32 MB that would have cost $250
just to add the additional required memory.  This second one is a laptop
whose soundcard does not pass muster.  Yet, the free Jaws demo works on both
of these systems as is, so for me, emacspeak is a more expensive
alternative. It is not a case of me being disappointed with linux, and I
certainly do not want to waste anybody's time arguing over which is better.
I am just trying to determine where I should expend my effort.  Heck, there
is absolutely nothing in this for me personnaly.

----- Original Message -----
From: "T. V. Raman" <raman@cs.cornell.edu>
To: <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>
Cc: "Patrick Gordon" <pcgordon@mediaone.net>; "emacspeak"
Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2002 12:01 AM
Subject: Re: emacspeak versus commercial software

> Also I suspect a major red herring here.
> Some wires may have gotten crossed with messages on the
> list:
> Originally Greg and others had pointed Patrick at irqtune as
> a means of setting IRQ priorities.
> Later I also said "it's probably due to bad IRQ settings"--
> but I was not refering to tuning IRQ priorities --but to set
> the right IRQs for that sound card.
> Patrick --if you're disappointed with Linux and feel it's a
> waste of your time to debug your troubles, by all means get
> MS Windows and a screenreader  --let's not waste band-width
> and breath arguing over what  may or may not be better.
> The situation you are hitting is basically a sound card that
> you have that is not fully supported or functional on Linux;
> you have the option of:
> If you wish to run Linux:
> A getting a sound card that works with Linux
> B Getting a hardware synth;
> or
> Alternatively abandon your Linux efforts.
> >>>>> "Jason" == Jason White <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au> writes:
>     Jason> Patrick Gordon writes:
>     >> I have put in many hours trying to build a demo of a useful
>     >> tool for my blind friend.  At this point, I feel it necessary to do
a sanity
>  > check on this listserv.  Today, I came to the conclusion that irqtune,
>  > vital tool needed to make emacspeak functional on my system, will not
>  > with RH 7.2.  The binary is nonfunctional on 7.2 and the c source code
>  > requires compiler extensions not supported in the RH 7.2 distribution.
>     Jason> This is odd; surely it will compile with gcc
>     Jason> 2.95.x or gcc 3.0.x? Or is a needed library
>     Jason> missing?
>     Jason> I would suggest ensuring that your compiler is up
>     Jason> to date and that any necessary libraries are
>     Jason> installed. If it still doesn't work, the next
>     Jason> step is to contact the developers to find out
>     Jason> whether a patch is available that would overcome
>     Jason> your problem.

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> --raman
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