Hurst, Cody churst35 at
Fri Nov 30 08:40:42 UTC 2007

Hi Hart,
  I just wanted to clarify, LSR is not a distro itself it is like orca, a 
screen reader for the gnome desktop. I probably would recommend Orca, as it 
is more developed than LSR is. The only voices I don't mind that come with 
Linux is Festival. It is ok but it kind of mumbles I have not tried free tts 
because it never worked. I don't know about YASR, but I do know that Speakup 
can be gotten to work with software speech, and I believe you can use 
TTSynth if I'm not mistaken.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Hart Larry" <chime at>
To: "Blinux Discussion List" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 8:37 PM
Subject: LSR-and-Speech?

> Hi All:  I am thinking of nuking windows off my laptop--and considering 
> what screen-readers-and-speech will be most enjoyable?
> First of all, with the small size of lsr, is it a live CD similar to 
> Oralux?
> Next, if I ran LSR would I also want a separate console screen-reader such 
> as speakup or YASR?
> In reading the lsr homepage-and-FAQ, I didn't think it was clear which 
> speech engines already come out-of-the-box?  It mentions support for 
> several, which I will paste, however, I will put a number sign in front of 
> ones I have already heard:
> Supported speech engines include #Festival, #Eloquence, Loquendo, Cepstral 
> Swift, #Cepstral Theta, #Espeak, and FreeTTS.
> Now, they talk about testing both IBM TTSynth  and Eliquence, I thought 
> they are basicly the same voices?
> Now, in the 13-and-a-half-years I've had a PC, so far my favorite speech 
> has been Dec-Talk 4.2C and Eliquence.  Would I like any of these other 
> speech engines?  There was a US/Russian speech which came with Oralux 
> which I didn't mind.
> And lastly, would TT Synth work with YASR?
> Thanks so much in advance for answering these questions-and-sharing your 
> individual viewpoints
> Hart
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