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TalkingArch =========== TalkingArch is Chris Brannon's project to create an ArchLinux install CD for blind users. You can read about it on [this](http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Arch_Linux_for_the_blind) page from the Arch Wiki. You'll find the images on [my website](http://the-brannons.com/tarch/). If you just want a CD image, you can stop reading here! The rest of this document is only useful for those who want to build their own images. Getting Started --------------- First, grab the talkingarch-git package from the AUR. Build and install it. I build TalkingArch using the archiso scripts. So talkingarch-git depends on archiso-git. You will find archiso-git in the AUR, as well. You should update both packages regularly, to keep abreast of upstream changes. I encourage you to read archiso's README before proceeding. You can find that document at /usr/share/doc/archiso/README. From here on, I'm going to assume that you have root privileges. You need them to build the images. Fire up a root shell, using your preferred method. The standard TalkingArch image contains a couple of packages from a private repository. These are brltty-minimal and edbrowse. Edit /etc/pacman.conf, and add the following two lines: [blind] Server = http://the-brannons.com/blind/$ARCH Replace $ARCH with your architecture, E.G., i686 or x86_64. My configuration is found in /usr/share/talkingarch/configs/talking-inst. You can build your image right in that directory, if you're so inclined. But I'd copy it somewhere else, far away from /usr/share. For this example, we're going to build in /root/tarch, so execute the following: mkdir -p /root/tarch cp -dR /usr/share/talkingarch/configs/talking-inst /root/tarch cd /root/tarch/talking-inst Now you can run ./build.sh. If you wish to see a list of targets that can be built, run the script with no arguments. ./build.sh net_iso_single will produce an ISO image suitable for your current architecture. Note that the generated image is suitable for either a CD or a USB stick. Archiso now produces so-called hybrid ISOs. It's as easy as that! Cloning ------- You'll get a clone of the TalkingArch project when you build the talkingarch-git package from AUR. If you want to clone it manually, use the following: git clone git://github.com/CMB/TalkingArch.git Miscellaneous Notes ------------------- My configuration is only a slight modification of the configs/syslinux-iso tree from the archiso project. Most of my modifications are confined to the overlay subdirectory. I also added some packages to the package lists. I modified the Makefile to produce image files with "TalkingArch" in their names, as well. Aside from that, I tried to make as few changes as necessary. Thanks ------ All of the people who work on archiso have my heartfelt gratitude. Thank you for making this process so easy. Also, I appreciate the people who have used and tested my work, especially those who sent useful comments and suggestions. Feedback -------- If you have questions or comments, feel free to send them to cmbrannon79 at gmail DOT com.