Stable LFS LiveCD 6.3-r2160 released

Alexander E. Patrakov patrakov at gmail.com
Sun Dec 30 05:16:21 PST 2007


The LFS LiveCD Team is proud to announce the release of the 6.3-r2160
stable version of the LFS LiveCD for x86 and x86_64 architectures.

The CD contains the LFS book (version 6.3 for x86 CD, and its
unofficial x86_64 equivalent for x86_64), and a lot of software that
you need to build your own LFS system, ask for support and perform
various recovery tasks. For each architecture, the CD is available in
-min, -nosrc and full variants. The -min CD contains only a text-mode
environment, -nosrc adds the X window system and the Xfce desktop,
while the full CD also contains all LFS source tarballs. All of the
above variants are suitable as hosts for building x86 and x86_64 LFS
and CLFS systems.

There are the following user-visible changes as compared to the
6.3-r2145 release:

 * Speechd-up has been patched in order to be able to recognize
one-character messages from git snapshots of speakup properly. This
fixes the inability of visually-impaired users to examine punctuation
characters (which are important, e.g., in command lines) and to
distinguish between upper- and lowercase letters.

 * The Xfmedia player has been replaced with gxine due to old
video-related bugs and upstream inactivity.

If these changes don't affect your setup, there is no reason to upgrade.

Note that the speechd-up and speech-dispatcher maintainer has not
responded timely to my bug report about the "speech-dispatcher listens
on 0.0.0.0 without access controls" security issue and has not
responded at all to the "single character messages are not recognized
as such" bug report
(http://lists.freebsoft.org/pipermail/speechd/2007q4/000977.html). The
last commit in speechd-up repository happened 9 months ago. There are
severe problems (kernel crashes!) with copying and pasting text in
speakup. This, essentially, means that speakup is dead and will not be
present on the next development version of the LFS LiveCD. Feedback is
requested from its users about possible migration paths:

1) replace speakup with a purely userspace solution for a console
screen reader (yasr, http://yasr.sourceforge.net/)

2) maybe stop providing accessibility on the console (and note that
Fedora 8 doesn't provide console screen readers at all), default to
starting X, and use one of GNOME-based screen readers.

-- 
Alexander E. Patrakov



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