Accessibility of installer in 11.10

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Sun Nov 27 22:21:51 UTC 2011

Most of the time your best bet will be to get a good ks.cfg file and use 
that to install ubuntu rather than trying to muck around with the 
installers.  Those are available on the web specifically for ubuntu too. 
 The problem with ks.cfg or kickstart is that it's not documented well 
so getting ubuntu to find your ks.cfg file on a floppy disk inserted 
into what would be a: in dos or /dev/fd0 or /floppy in Linux depending 
on aliases in place might be a bit difficult.  If a system has 
accessibility one could put a line like aplay 
/usr/share/sounds/login.wav in the %post% section of the ks.cfg file 
which tells the system to play a sound file so you know it's finished 
installing the software.  Then you could remove the floppy reboot the 
system and say hit control-s and log in after that.
The thing with a ks.cfg file is you get the file to answer all questions 
the ubuntu installer will ask ahead of time, so when it works it's a  
stick disk in machine turn the machine on and forget about the machine 
for a couple  hours while everything installs and then your sound file 
plays.  Nice thing about ks.cfg files is that anyone with an ascii text 
editor can make one if you get the format right and put a valid ubuntu 
mirror url into it to go and install the system's updates after 
everything on the live-cd or live-dvd gets installed by the ks.cfg file. 
 It takes a little more study, but then you don't always have to be 
hampered by less than perfect accessibility in the installer.

On Sun, 27 Nov 2011, E.J. Zufelt wrote:

> Good morning,
> I was reading and am curious if it is possible to install Ubuntu 11.10 using speech synthesis, with any degree of ease / reliability? If not, is an actual usable / accessible installer for the blind part of the plan for 12.04?
> Thanks,
> Everett Zufelt
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