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Re: misc. bootstrap questions



Hi, as far as midi support goes that is only required if you want to play 
back midi files. All sound cards have midi ability, but not all the Linux 
drivers have midi support compiled into the module. The Alsa project 
attempts to include midi support in their drivers, and depending on the 
oss driver oss modules have some midi support.
If memory sserves me correctly 233 mhz is the bare minimum for Viavoice 
Outloud according to the outloud documentation. My rule of thumb is go as 
fast as you can go without breaking yourself financially.
As far disk space and memory goes it all depends if you later plan to 
install x-windows on your system with the new gnome 2.2 desktop and 
something like gnopernicus, staroffice, and things like that which are 
slowly but surely  becoming more accesible to us.




On Thu, 20 Mar 2003, Abs Dee wrote:

> Hi,
> 
> Sorry for these basic questions. I did try searching
> the archives.
> 
> - I want to buy a separate machine to run linux and
> then setup emacspeak and viavoice etc. on it. I want
> to learn to write C++/Java programs using emacspeak.
> Can someone recommend minimum hardware requirements? I
> am thinking of getting a PII 233 MHz, 128 MB RAM.
> 
> - How important is it to have midi support in your
> sound card. Do most newer sound cards from companies
> like Creative usually have midi support? 
> 
> - I am have been out of touch with Linux for a while.
> When buying a machine, are there certain makes of
> Video cards, NICs and sound cards which I should avoid
> at all cost as they might not be supported by Linux?
> 
> Thanks very much for any help.
> 
> Arsalan
> 
> 
> 
> 
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