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Subject: Re: problem with starting virtual machine to run build server

Re: problem with starting virtual machine to run build server

From: Daniel Dalton <>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 07:32:55 +1100 (EST)

Hi Alex,

On Thu, 21 Feb 2008, alex wallis wrote:
>> On Wed, 20 Feb 2008, alex wallis wrote:
>>> Hi.
>>> Ok i figured out how to set the virtual machine up. I have also mounted
>>> the
>> Hey just letting you know before all this hard work.
>> I believe you are blind?
> I am blind yes.

Ok then.

>> If so you will need to use a ubuntu vmware image. (You may need access to a
>> full screen console.) so orca might not be enough.
>> I suggest you think about dual-booting if your blind.
> I thought the point of a build server was that it should stay up 24 hours a
> day and shouldn't be shut down.

What happens if the power is cut from your house for a few hours? What
about if something breaks?
How about when windows tells you to re-boot?

>> A vm is kind of tricky when your blind.
>> Its ok for a desktop in ubuntu but a full screen console won't work with
>> speech easily. You need to patch a kernel. And build it.
> Wouldn't it be possible to install some screen reader like linux-speak up?


> i'm not really a linux user. My ideal situation would just to be able to set
> the build server up, and then just to be able to leave it alone and let it
> run in the background.

Well to set it up you would need speech or braille.
And you can't just patch a vm kernel easily...

So a rockbox vm image is not that useful unless gnome-orca is in the repo.
Or you could build it from source I guess.

And remember you will only have half your ram in windows if you go with
the vm option.

Also if you wanted you could build your own rockbox in linux under vmware.
(With speech...) it would be quicker.

>> If you own a braille display its fairly easy to get braille working in a
>> full screen console.
>> (and with orca too...)
>> I don't own a braille display.

Ok then. You really need speech then.
And it is very difficult to get speech in a console.

Is gnome-terminal enough for term access? (And you have access to the
desktop firefox file browser etc?)

Daniel Dalton
Received on 2008-02-21

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