update needed on software synthesizers for linux

hank smith hanksmith4 at earthlink.net
Sun Feb 12 19:15:41 UTC 2006

how do you request the 4.x copy?
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "T. Joseph CARTER" <knghtbrd at bluecherry.net>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at redhat.com>
Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 2:10 AM
Subject: Re: update needed on software synthesizers for linux

> Gilles Casse wrote:
>> T. Joseph CARTER writes:
>>  > Unfortunately, I don't think they have prebuilt
>>  > runtimes for Intel's XScale platform.
>> The DECtalk software from Fonix is available for ARM.
>> I wish to try it on a Gumstix card (so XScale) in a few weeks.
>> Fonix Website: http://fonix.com
> Yeah, I saw that they have a single Linux runtime license available for
> $50, which isn't bad at all.  You can get 4.x or 5.x too, which is nice
> since I know that some people have a preference for the older version.
> The question that remains is whether or not Fonix would give me anywhere
> near the $5 per unit deal in quantities as low as 300.  The adaptive tech
> market is known for low sales figures.
> Of course the low sales are due to the high prices, and at least in part
> the high prices are our own damned fault.  Someone with a rather advanced
> business degree once tried to explain this to me, but my brain was full
> long before I really understood much more than that.  *grin*
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