Speakup website

John G. Heim jheim at wisc.edu
Wed Jan 25 16:07:40 UTC 2006

The site may not have been modified to reflect it yet but there's a mirror 
available at the University of Wisconsin.

Brent Harding wrote:
>The slowness of the server was why I bought Fedora on Cheapbytes, think 
>they sold the speakup one. My cable modem would've taken over 180 hours to 
>download to download at not much more than modem speed.
>----- Original Message ----- From: "T. Joseph CARTER" 
><knghtbrd at bluecherry.net>
>To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at redhat.com>
>Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 1:28 PM
>Subject: Re: Speakup website
>>On Tue, Jan 24, 2006 at 08:24:51AM -0500, Kirk Reiser wrote:
>>>It is an extremely busy site so the average load is heavy.  There are
>>>mirrors that are faster though, one of them being fl.linux-speakup.org.
>>I figured it was something like that.  I just know of a couple of hosting
>>providers who can take a moderate slashdotting and are willing to take
>>free software projects free of charge now and then.
>>>Well, I don't know what it is you are trying to do that is different
>>>from what else has come along but you can find all the documentation
>>>on synthesizers I've been able to accumulate at
>>>ftp://linux-speakup.org/pub/linux/goodies/synths-documentation/.  If
>>>anyone comes accross synth docs I don't have there I'd appreciate them
>>>sending it to me so I can make it available.
>>Jackpot, thanks!  The number one thing I am doing differently than the
>>other things I have seen is that I am using index responses extensively
>>and neither the speakup interface nor the emacspeak speech server seem to
>>support them.
>>I'm not just reading what's on the screen and shutting up on cue like
>>speakup and other screen readers are--I need to know what's just been
>>said.  (That's a little frustrating since what I've implemented so far is
>>a Macintalk driver so I need not use flite, and Macintalk wants to tell
>>you what it's just about to read.  Quite annoying actually.)
>>I'm currently in the market for an external speech synth so I can begin
>>working on this stuff on my Linux machines without having to get anywhere
>>near flite.  I should just break down and pay for a runtime license for
>>dectalk or ttsynth or something I suppose, but that seems somehow less
>>useful unless the people who make those things want to include a runtime
>>for each of the platforms I am currently working to support (Linux on
>>i386, AMD64, and ARM-based PDAs, Apple Darwin PowerPC/i386, Windows XP.)
>>With my non-talking speech stub, my code literally runs on all of the
>>above right now.  (That'll be more impressive when it's closer to finished
>>I am sure), and I have been testing it on all of them.  Currently only
>>Darwin is supported for speech (as a component of MacOS X no less),
>>because my only speech support at present is Macintalk.  I don't intend to
>>release it until I have more speech support than that because I don't want
>>this thing to become an extremely obscure console-based MacOS X thingy,
>>because it's not except that Macintalk is the software speech engine I
>>happen to have handy that I am willing to listen to long enough to write
>>code for it.  *grin*
>>"We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, therefore, is not an act,
>>but a habit."
>>-- Aristotle
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John G. Heim
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