The June 2014 TalkingArch iso is here

The TalkingArch team is pleased to announce the release of the June 2014 iso. This release includes version 3.14.4 of the linux kernel and all the latest base packages that are included on the official Arch Linux iso. As always, you can download the latest TalkingArch iso from its download page, either via BitTorrent or direct download. Makes a great gift.

The new TalkingArch iso is here!

It’s that time again, the beginning of the month, and that means it’s time for a new TalkingArch release. TalkingArch-2014.05.02 is now available from the download page. Since the Linux kernel 3.14.2 became available from the repo very shortly after the official Arch Linux iso for this month was built, we are actually one version ahead of the official Arch iso kernel 3.14.1. Initial testing indicates that this isn’t causing any issues at this time. The other noticeable change is that the brltty-minimal package has been rebuilt and updated to version 5.0. This version of the brltty-minimal package includes bluetooth display support via bluez, which only slightly increased the size of the iso, while offering compatibility with a much wider range of braille devices. A big thank you goes out to Kelly Prescott, who tested and retested the iso builds until we got it right.

TalkingArch 2014.04.01 is now available

The TalkingArch team is pleased to bring you the TalkingArch 2014.04.01 dual architecture iso. This iso is in perfect sync with the 2014.04.01 Arch Linux iso, and includes Linux kernel 3.13.7. The only new package that was added to Arch and TalkingArch is intel-ucode. The most noticeable change to TalkingArch itself is the updated Espeak package, which is no longer pronouncing “archiso” as “arkisso,” a welcome fix indeed <grim>. This TalkingArch iso can be downloaded via HTTP or BitTorrent from the usual location. Have fun.

Our wiki page has moved

The Arch Linux wiki page that describes the TalkingArch project and its installation process has been moved. You can now find this information at wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/TalkingArch. The move was initially proposed for a couple of reasons, including the fact that it is easier to type
# lynx wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/TalkingArch
than it was to type
# lynx wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Arch_Linux_for_the_blind
from the command prompt, and the fact that the TalkingArch name is more familiar. However, the move was pushed up significantly when the wiki maintainer added a note to the talk page stating that the name of the wiki page does indeed need to match the name of the project, indicating that this is a technical requirement for Arch wiki pages.

Although the page has been renamed, if you have an old link, it will still work, because the move placed a redirect on the original page. However, it is recommended to update all links to point to wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/TalkingArch.

TalkingArch Basic Installation tutorial is up

TalkingArch now has an audio tutorial page. The first audio tutorial covers a basic installation of the Arch Linux base system using the TalkingArch live CD, from booting the live CD and partitioning the disk up to creating the regular user account and rebooting into the newly installed and fully functional Arch Linux base system. More tutorials will likely be added to this page in the future, and this blog will be updated whenever anything new is added. These audio tutorials are available as HTML5 audio players in browsers that support them, and download links are also available in browsers that are incompatible with HTML5, such as old Firefox versions and text-based browsers such as Lynx. Also, both opus and Ogg Vorbis versions are available, depending on the browser or personal preference.

Ideas for future audio tutorials can be sent to support [at] talkingarch [dot] tk or left in the comments for this post.

2014.02.02 was a false start, trying again

OK, it seems that the pick-a-card recorded message and beep didn’t get built into yesterday’s iso. So we’re trying again. We now have TalkingArch 2014.02.03 up on the download page.

If you already have TalkingArch 2014.02.02 and it’s working for you, do nothing, your iso is fine. Otherwise, if sound is broken or if you need to install to a system that has multiple sound cards, 2014.02.03 will fix your problem, as it includes the sounds necessary to make the pick-a-card script work correctly. All new visitors to the download page will see the 2014.02.03 live CD until the next release, which will follow the next official Arch Linux snapshot.

TalkingArch 2014.02.02 released

The TalkingArch team is pleased to bring you the latest and gratest TalkingArch installation image. The 2014.02.02 iso is in sync with the official Archiso 2014.02.02. Running kernel 3.12.9, this version adds the Clonezilla package for cloning and imaging disks. Also, the recording used to indicate that multiple sound cards are present on the system has been shortened to under 30 seconds, and informs the user that he/she can simply press control+c to stop the recording and just use the first available sound card.

This is the first TalkingArch image built and signed by the new maintainers. It can be found at the download page, and can be downloaded via BitTorrent or http. Feel free to leave comments here in the comment section, by e-mail at support [at] talkingarch [dot] tk or via the #talkingarch channel on irc.freenode.net. Have fun with the new iso.

Get TalkingArch updates by e-mail

We are pleased to introduce the ability to get automatic e-mail notifications of new releases and other TalkingArch news. To take advantage of this feature, enter your e-mail address in the subscription form on any page and click the “subscribe” button. These notifications shouldn’t come extremely frequently, but if you no longer wish to receive them, you can enter your e-mail address into the subscription form and click the “unsubscribe” button. Please note that both of these actions will send an e-mail that you will need to confirm in order to complete your request.

Announcing the new TalkingArch blog

The new maintainers of TalkingArch are pleased to present the new TalkingArch blog. The posts from the original blog have been imported from its RSS feed, and the only change that was made was the link to the TalkingArch download page in the post announcing the August 2013 iso. All the theming and formatting should now be complete, and no further changes in the look and feel are anticipated, except via user input. This blog is also linked from the new TalkingArch website. Enjoy the new blog, and as always, let us know how it can be improved.