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Some people have been asking about trying Arch Linux without giving up their current configuration. For You, I have created a script that will help to set up a talking VM. Any virtual machine program should work, but here is the process for using VMWare Player.
First, get the talking arch disk from talkingarch.tk. Next create an Arch Linux virtual machine. To do this, press the welcome to vmWare player or similar button to start the vm creation process. Note that the button may or may not be labeled something different, as your screen reader may be reading the wrong label, so it may take a bit of guesswork to figure out which button to press. However, it is usually the first button after the list of vms, which will most likely be empty at this point. After the wizard opens, choose to install the operating system with an iso image, browse to the location of the iso image, then press next. Next, choose guest operating system – linux from the radio buttons, and other linux 3.x kernel (64 bit if required). Press next, and fill in the name of your vm, which will simply be what you choose it by in the dropdown list when vmware player opens and press next. Then choose how big you want your disk to be, and press next again, unless you wish to change the type of storage of the virtual hard disk. At this point it will present you with the specs of your vm, but you will most likely want to change the hardware, as it gives it very low hardware by default. To do this, press the customize hardware button. The first choice will be for memory, which by default will be 384 mb for 64 bit kernels and 256 mb for 32 bit. You will most likely want 512 mb or more, though don’t give your vm too much so that your host operating system has enough memory to continue running. Next option in the list will be processer cores, which you probably want to change from 1 to 2 or more if you have more than 2 processer cores. Again, make sure to give enough, but not too much or your host OS may not run optimally. After this press close, and finally press finish. your vm should boot, and you may hear a beep from your pc speaker. If you do not hear a beep or do not have a pc speaker to hear a beep from, you may wait a minute or two, then press control + g to enter the vm, and press any key. Espeak should start announcing messages as the vm boots, although in some cases it will not, so after a while of no speech press the numlock key a few times to make sure there is speech. If there is but it is very low, see the section below.
Now that you are booted into your virtual machine, you may notice the volume is very low. If this is the case, type:
Press the up arrow key until the volume is where you want it. If the volume doesn’t change, press right arrow once, and press up arrow again. Repeat this process until the volume changes when you press the up arrow. When you are satisfied with the volume, press escape to close alsamixer.
Also note that if the volume does change when you press up arrow, but it is still somewhat low when it seems to be at max volume, continue the process of pressing right arrow then up arrow until the volume is where you want it.
now, to install Arch Linux, using my script, type the following:
curl -s http://stormdragon.tk/scripts/vm.sh && bash vm.sh
Speakup can get a bit chatty while everything is installed. To make it go silent, press numpad insert+numpad enter. This is a toggle, so to make speakup read normally again, simply press the key combination again. For laptop users without a numpad, capslock+enter will do the same thing.
Simply follow the instructions, and in just a few minutes you will have a talking arch virtual Machine to play with.