Archive: CDROM Oralux (2003 - 2006)

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Get Oralux 0.7

GNU/Linux, now !

  1. Insert the CD
  2. Boot up your PC
  3. Wait a few seconds (well, a few minutes)
  4. Select a speech synthesizer
  5. That's all, GNU/Linux is yours!


Ease the access to GNU/Linux

Oralux hopes to facilitate access to GNU/Linux for the visually impaired.

Firstly, through lowering the barrier by facilitating installation of the necessary software.

At the moment, the current version offers an experienced user a quick way to have GNU/Linux working on a PC.

The Oralux project must go further.

We hope to help and guide the newbie to reach the following initial stages:

You may want to help us to reach these aims by sharing your skills: advising and giving feedback, supplying configuration files, translating documentation, writing a tutorial and developing the Oralux scripts (shell and php).


We would like to offer multi-language, free speech synthesis on the CD, so that the user may start with his/her native language.

A few features

About the CD

Oralux is a Knoppix customization, the self-installing distro created by Klaus Knopper.

Oralux boots up from the CD, whatever the already installed operating system (Win98, XP,...) may be.

Oralux includes, thanks to BRLTTY, a number of braille drivers.

The audio environments

The Oralux user interface can be based on Emacspeak the Audio Desktop created by T. V. Raman. Emacspeak offers a complete and powerful desktop.

A second environment is available based on Yasr, the lightweight and portable screen reader by Mike Gorse.

The third environment is based on Speakup, by Kirk Reiser and Andy Berdan. Speakup is a kernel-based screen reader for external or software synthesizers.

The CD includes several voice synthesizers in English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish. More info in FAQ.

Oralux can install the DECtalk software synthesizer (4.6.4 or 5.0), a multi language TTS from the Fonix company.