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Subject: Re: a dev question about the Sansa Clip

Re: a dev question about the Sansa Clip

From: Scott Berry <>
Date: Mon, 01 Jun 2009 07:26:32 -0500

Hi Alex and all,

Let me talk to my instructor. We are using VMWare down stairs in our
labs. I may be able to get him to make a new Ubuntu Linux distro vm file
for use with Rockbox. Vmware actually mbelieve it or not Vmware works
very well with speech. I use it a lot as we do things to computers. I
am getting certified as an MCSE so we do have to play a lot.


On 5/31/2009 1:11 AM, alex wallis wrote:
>> Rafaël Carré wrote:
>>> Hash: SHA1
>>> Le Sat, 30 May 2009 15:40:00 -0500,
>>> "Scott Berry" <> a écrit :
>>>> Hello there,
>>>> At the moment I only have Windows. I do use Linux but do not have it
>>>> set up for my Net book. Is there a way to do this through Windows?
>>> You can use cygwin environment, see
>>> If you use Linux, I advise you to use it rather than cygwin since
>>> cygwin can be very problematic.
>>> - -- Rafaël Carré
>> I have had good success with Debian Linux running under Windows Vista
>> 64-bit using VirtualBox. I don't know how well that would work on a
>> netbook, and I do not know how easy it is for a blind person to set
>> up, but it is Real Linux, and Real Windows.
> snip
> I am not really that used to linux, but I can speak from the
> perspective of a blind user.
> I should imagine in theory you could get a screen reader working in a
> virtual environment, however you would need sighted help, and as far
> as I know there are no sites that make virtual machines available with
> screen readers installed in them when you download them.
> This is just an observation not a criticism but I know rockbox does
> not provide a screen reader in the various virtual machines it makes
> available I guess because only a tiny minority of people would use it
> and also because it would increase the size of a package being made
> available.
> Unfortunately you would have to install a linux screen reader into a
> virtual machine no getting away from it because once you switch the
> virtual machine on, jaws will not be able to read you anything that
> the machine itself is doing, you have to have a linux screen reader
> for that.
> Personally I would love to get away from cygwin for my rockbox needs
> and switch to a virtual machine but it would be complicated to set up,
> and unfortunately people in my house are not that technical and
> probably do not have the patients to help me set up a proper virtual
> machine that is accessible I can use for working with rockbox.
> However if someone was to make one available or was interested in the
> possibility of trying to make one available I would jump at the chance
> to use it as I just find cygwin so slow to use, but unfortunately it
> seems to be the easiest option at the moment.
> If I could get an accessible virtual environment I would be interested
> in helping out by being a build server for example, but it needs an
> accessible virtual machine.
> I hope the above info has been of use.
> Alex.

Received on 2009-06-01

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