speech output

Neil Foster neil.foster2007 at tiscali.co.uk
Mon Jan 28 10:45:36 UTC 2008

Umm doing kernel builds is sort of the whole point of linux if all you want 
to do is write borign old application level code e you might as well use 
windoze! Thoser awfully nice people at gnu do supply you with source coe adn 
I do like to know what it does.


Neil Foster

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Willem van der Walt" <wvdwalt at csir.co.za>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at redhat.com>
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2008 7:19 AM
Subject: Re: speech output

> Hi,
> Unless you plan on doing a lot of new kernel builds and stuff, you can do
> well with software speech.
> Espeak is a software synthesizer which is now a days very popular.  It is
> miles better than flite and supported by all the speech applications like
> speakup, emacspeak, orca etc.
> There is a sapi version for windows so you can give it a spin there.
> See http://espeak.sf.net/test/latest.html for the latest version.
> You can also these days buy a version of IBM Viavoice now knows as
> ttsynth, from Janina and elsewhere.
> As far as Linux distributions go, the easiest ones to get going with
> speech seem to be Ubuntu 7.4/feisti and grml, but you can get software
> speech going with most linuxes if you put in enough effort.
> HTH, Willem
> On Sun, 27 Jan 2008, Neil Foster wrote:
>> Hi
>>  I am returning to linux havign lost my sight adn need to get speech 
>> output.
>> The best way seems to be via speakup with a hardware speech synth. The
>> problems I have are.
>> 1) Can you get external hardware speech synths that wil work vai usb 
>> porst
>> 2) does speakup support usb ports?
>>  I need it to work via usb ports as my laptops only have usb porst. I 
>> have
>> heard that you can get serial port/usb converts usb ports are obviusly 
>> fast
>> enough and capable enough if hardware manufacturers watn to provide the 
>> kit
>> and feel there is a market for it but will this appear as a /dev/tty port
>> without special drivers?
>> Not bothered about the speech outptu quality that much . I've used flite 
>> on
>> win xp and assuem its the same on linux beign the same source coes and
>> although not good its understandalbe which is the point after all.
>> Thanks
>> Neil Foster
>> but am not hat impresed with what the likes of flite output,
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