Speakup Modified Fedora

Welcome to the Speakup Modified Fedora Home Page.

Speakup's Now Builtin/h2>

We're pleased to announce that there's no longer a separate Speakup Modified Fedora for the best of all possible reasons. Speakup is now builtin as part of every Linux kernel's so-called "staging" modules, so no separate build is necessary!

To get Speakup on your Fedora installation, follow these steps:

  1. Enable rpmfusion on your system.
  2. As root, run the following command:
    yum install kmod-staging

Keep your installation up to date by running the following command from time to time:

yum update kmod-staging

IMPORTANT! Do not install any kernel where no corresponding kmod-staging rpm package is available. If you do, you'll lose Speakup after booting to that kernel!

Our Espeakup rpm simplifies connecting Speakup to the Espeak text to speech (TTS) engine.

After installing Espeakup, you can start it by issuing the following command:

systemctl start espeakup

To have Espeakup start automatically every time you boot, issue the following command:

systemctl enable espeakup

Cautions Caveats & Kudos

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"

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 Home Page is maintained by William Acker and Janina  Sajka


The Speakup Modified Fedora Home Page provides guidance for using the
Fedora GNU/Linux distribution enhanced with
Speakup: The Linux console screen reader
Because equal access to all system functions is a blind computer user's right, from bootup to shutdown!