Speakup (Re: Ubuntu Accessibility)

Matt Zimmerman mdz at canonical.com
Mon Nov 8 18:16:06 CST 2004

On Tue, Nov 09, 2004 at 11:04:23AM +1100, Luke Yelavich wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 09, 2004 at 10:39:18AM EST, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > Here are some rules of thumb that we've applied so far for kernel patches:
> > 
> > - The patch must be actively maintained
> That it is. The most current version is CVS, but the lsat release does 
> not work with 2.6 kernels. 2.0 is supposed to be released soon, but when 
> that is exactly, I am unsure.

Since we only support 2.6 kernels in Ubuntu at present, this would be a

> > - We much prefer patches which are on track to be merged into Linux mainline
> >   (Linus' tree).  Patches which have been rejected upstream due to being the
> >   wrong solution to the problem, for example, are generally unacceptable
> I am unsure whether it was submitted upstream, but I don't think so, 
> purely because not many people need it.

This is no reason for it to remain separate; there is a great deal of
functionality in Linux which is present for the benefit of relatively small
groups of users.

I would very much encourage the developers to submit their patch to lkml if
they have not already.  If they have, or they do, I would appreciate a
pointer to the discussion thread.

> If you don't want to patch it into the main Ubuntu kernel, I am happy to 
> make speakup-modified versions for others, although this is a little 
> more work.

Incorporating it into the stock kernel is the best solution, if the patch is
in good shape for it.

 - mdz

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