gnome question

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Sat Jul 29 13:36:37 UTC 2006

Actually there's lots of use for speech engines on Linux provided you're 
in the right line of work.  Speech recognition and speech synthesis are 
found in some pretty interesting places and expensive equipment having 
absolutely nothing to do with the blindness industry.  As early as 1961 
speech synthesis was installed in fighter aircraft and the reason it 
sounded so bad was pilots were its primary consumers and they needed to be 
able to distinguish it from radio and intercom traffic.  What I've just 
told you I read about in a library several years ago doing a college 
research project.  Beyond that, expensive hospital equipment has speech 
synthesis on it.  The magnetic resonance imaging machines and other gear 
need to give patients instructions and no Microsoft hasn't got a monopoly 
on that market either.

On Thu, 27 Jul 2006, Brent Harding wrote:

> Gnome is all it works with. The problem I ran into is that Gnopernicus couldn't compile because of lack of some library that I forget now but never could find. Is there any better speech for it than Festival though? I doubt there is little use for speech engines on linux besides for blind people and it seems that nothing supports much software speech besides Festival.
>  ----- Original Message -----
>  From: Kristoffer Gustafsson
>  To: Linux for blind general discussion
>  Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 8:38 PM
>  Subject: gnome question
>  Hello!
>  I'm planning to try gnopernicus.
>  Now when I install fedora I get both x window system, kde desktop and gnome desktop.
>  Can I safely remove these two and only install gnome desktop and skip the x window system, or do I need that as well?
>  ALso, do I need to have the braille api runtime in order to get braille support in gnopernicus?
>  /Kristoffer
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