Speakup Modified Fedora

Welcome to the Speakup Modified Fedora Distribution Home Page.

Announcing SpeakupModified's Fedora 17, "Beefy Miracle,"

We're pleased to offer our Speakup Modified kernels and our installation ISO images for Fedora 17, "Beefy Miracle."

Fedora 17: Beefy Miracle

Speakup Modified Installation ISO Images

Now Available! We're pleased to announce 64-bit media for the Speakup Modified Fedora 17, "Beefy Miracle." Follow this link to Download Beefy Miracle modified with Speakup, our version of the Fedora Project's Fedora 17 Linux distribution.

We regret we are temporarily unable to provide 32-bit and source-code images for download at this site. If you need either of these, please contact us.

Directly Access our Kernel RPMs

You can download any of our Speakup Modified kernels, or any other file from any of our ISO images using one of the following links:

Cautions Caveats & Kudos

Protect Your Data!


Red Hat has modified the text installation screens used by the Speakup Modified Fedora so that it is no longer possible to exclude a partition on the disk where you're installing the Speakup Modified from being wiped clean and overwritten. If you have only one hard drive in your computer, you will probably want to back up your /home files before starting an installation, because they won't be there when you finish! If your /home is on a separate hard drive, one you will not use for your installation, you're safe and your files will not disappear--unless, of course, you ask to have that drive formatted.

Fortunately, it will soon be possible to use the graphical Fedora installer with Orca where this problem does not exist.


The Fedora installation now provides an options to upgrade from an earlier Fedora installation. If you're upgrading from Fedora 16, "Verne," you are probably safe choosing this option in which your partitions will not be modified and your /home will not be overwritten. We say "probably," because there are no guarantees. However, we can report that we've great success using this option. Please do not try to upgrade from an older Fedora in this manner.

Important Audio Caution

Beginning with Fedora 8 and continuing to the present, Red Hat uses something called Pulse Audio to manage audio both on the graphical desktop and on the command line console. While there have been improvements to the accessibility of pulseaudio, we continue to recommend you disable pulse audio for now by commenting line 9 in the file /etc/asound.conf so that it begins with a # symbol and reads as follows:
# "/etc/alsa/pulse-default.conf"

Tiresias Large-Print Fonts

Fedora now includes the Tiresias large-print fonts recently released under the GPL by the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) in the United Kingdom. If you benefit from large-print, check out the Tiresias font options anywhere you can choose fonts on the Fedora desktop--including in Open Office!

What About Using Software Speech

Some people are reporting success using Orca with the Fedora Live images when logged in as root. There's no Speakup Modified Live as of yet, though we are working on it.

Files for TTSynth

All publically available files formerly at TTSynth.com are available here, including source for the TTSynth Speakup Connector: TTSynth Files Repository.

Telephone Help Is Available!

Blind people using Speakup to install Fedora are invited to call Bill Acker by voice telephone for direct, personal assistance at +1.303.777.8123 in the USA's Mountain Time Zone, -02:00 U.S. Eastern Time (New York).


About Us

The Speakup Modified Fedora distribution is maintained by William Acker

This webpage is maintained by Janina  Sajka


The Speakup Modified Fedora Distribution is a distribution of GNU/Linux enhanced with
Speakup: The world's leading Linux screen reader
Because equal access to all system functions is a blind computer user's right, from bootup to shutdown!