Tarch 2020.02.24 available, experimental

This is just an announcement that tarch 2020.02.24 (link, signature) is now available. This is considered a nonproduction image because of bugs in the speakup module of the kernel that can cause crashes when reading words. It is provided as an image if someone needs a very new feature or needs dhcp and a few other core tools, that were mistakenly left out on the previous tarch image that was created after arch linux moved their base group into a very minimum base package. As always,  the md5sum is d3e9d547af3b368954c85dc16e7888ec, and the sha512sum is 8ff586f05120cd4d2fea7858237285fa2b0a0e3cb8f867adc098575514d4f475bb6f14326b37d17381967ab3578d5f6beccf13a3991f479943dc7482bf363b1a. If you simply need core programs such as dhcpcd, we recommend remainhing at tarch 2019.09.18 (link, signature) and following these instructions:


1. Connect to the internet
2. Run this command as root on the live image (not on your installed system, if any): pacman -Syy archlinux-keyring
3. At this point you can safely install packages without risk of signatures not being verified properly.

The alternative is to connect to a wired network manually, and run dhclient which is included on all tarch images including previous images without dhcpcd. How to do this is out of the scope of this post, but I may be able to provide minor
guideance if needed.

The latest tarch image without a kernel affected by the speakup bug, to our knowledge is also the image above, though this could be incorrect.

As a closing note, we have plans to develop tarch images with speakup using an older kernel (4.19) that does not include the bug, and to build images with fenrir as screen reader. These should be coming within the next several days if all goes well.

Thanks for your patience! We’ll be back with more updates soon.

-Deedra and Michael.

Tarch 2019.10.11 is now available

This is just a quick announcement of the release of tarch 2019.10.11. This version updates the arch linux packages to the latest versions, and includes a new install-f123light script for those using it to install f123light operating system. As always, the iso can be found on the download page.

-Michael and Deedra.

Announcing the new talking arch!

The talking arch  project was originally created and maintained by Chris Brannon for many years. When Chris  switched to another linux distro, the project was given off to another maintainer.


The talking arch project has currently not been brought up to date and current as of last year, so Deedra Waters and Michael Taboada Have decided to fork the talking arch project and make it current with the current Archlinux live media and create a generic talking arch live media so those who still use talking arch or have need of it  will have a more current  media to use.


Here’s where the fork begins  in a word, We would like to expand on the talking arch live media and add many things to it.


* keep a generic talking arch live media going for those who just want a talking arch install.

* add a second generic talking arch live media for those who wish to use the fenrir screenreader over the speakup screenreader which is currently what talking arch supports.

*We want to take talking arch even further! We plan to keep  those live media isos for those who want them but we also want to create another set of media that adds many things that other users who are blind will find useful.


* admin tools for those who are system administrators who are blind and require things  that most  rescue cds would provide networking tools, admin tools of various things,  package installers for distros such as debian and others.


If there are folks who would like to see things or tools  included that we haven’t thought of we’re taking ideas so submit them in the comments section.

for questions, thoughts ideas  and such  add them to the comments

you can also reach Deedra Waters at deedra at kittyrats.com

you can reach Michael Taboada at michael at 2mb.solutions


Visit our irc channel on freenode at irc.freenode.net #tarch