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Emacs/Emacspeak Arch


Emacs/Emacspeak Arch

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Basic release notes

  1. This is running on the Arch for Arm distribution. Emacs is version 24, and Emacspeak is version 37.
  2. Emacs and emacspeak has ELPA installed and ready to be used. This is the Emacs package manager.
  3. You can use the ELPA set-up, or use SSH and use pacman to download emacs packages and extend emacs's abilities.
  4. The login information is this:

    root account: root
    root password: root
    user account: user
    user password: password
  5. You must log in blindly at the moment. I suggest logging into the user account and starting emacs with "emacspeak" minus the quotes. For example:

    user >
    password >
    emacspeak >

    Give it a few moments, and emacs will start talking with emacspeak. The final message you'll hear is something like "I am fully operational, and all of my circuits are functioning properly."

  6. This image is made for a 4GB (four gig) card, I can not promise it'll work on anything smaller.

    Suggestions:

    • I would use the user account, and not root for most tasks. This means everything from logging in directly on the Pi, to run Emacspeak, or SSH. Using the root account primarily is not only bad practice, but can also lead to creating errors if not paying attention.

    • secondly, I suggest changing both the user, and the root passwords. For this, here is my suggestion:

      • Log into Root over SSH

      • change root password with:

        passwd root >
        new password >
        new password >
      • Then change user password:

        passwd user >
        new password >
        new password >
      • log out with exit.

I hope that you enjoy. I plan on working to add more functionality to both emacs with emacspeak, along with useful scripts to the Raspberry Pi's version of Arch that I use as my base.

Final note

Remember, what packages I work on are mainly for the visually impaired, but not only for them. Many packages that the VI community may have to rely on are quite useful for every day users, as well as other learning disabilities. For those that would like to use this as a book reader, there is a daisy reader available, as well as the ability to read text files, and other book formats. One could also use this for dislexic children and adults to help with reading. Technology once seen as "blind only" in the past is now something every day users can make use of as well.

Default login

root account: root
root password: root

user account: user
user password: password

Additional notes

Raspberry-VI: accessibility for visually impaired Pi users


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