U Bantu Software Synthesizer

Willem van der Walt wvdwalt at csir.co.za
Thu Jun 12 07:29:13 UTC 2008

Hi Martin,
It is u b u n t u and it works well.
Speakup as you might know, has had some work done to it lately.
As far as I am aware, there currently is no pre-built ubuntu kernel 
containing speakup, but there are packages available.
There were some problems with the latest Ubuntu using pulsaudio which 
caused some issues with speech, but the previous version works well.
The version I have on my Del laptop is 7.10.
There is also a variant of ubuntu called xubuntu, which is geared to 
smaller machines.
	I have that running on a small 500 mhz machine with speakup and 
espeak talking fine.
HTH, Willem

On Wed, 11 Jun 2008, Martin McCormick wrote:

> 	I have the last oralux distribution installed on a
> Dell laptop using the software synthesizer and speakup. I
> basically like that part just fine but oralux isn't supported
> any more so it is hard to fix anything when necessary.
> 	I had tried GRML first but there was that horrid
> spelling bug caused by speakup and the kernel at odds over who
> had priority, at least that's the way I understand it.
> 	This laptop has just enough horsepower to run the u Bantu
> live CD so I may give that a try.
> 	I have been running  the Dell with the Oralux
> distribution for almost a year and it has seemed fairly free of
> speech bugs dealing with timing and priority except for one in
> which a serial port driver caused it to go in to that spelling
> mode worthy of the GRML distribution.
> 	Does anyone have any comments as to how the speakup
> software synthesizer gets along in the u Bantu command line world?
> 	When I finish installing U Bantu, I will be using it
> without X, basically attempting to have a newer and up-gradable
> installation
> Also, the sound system is, as the British say, dodgy. Sometimes,
> it plays MP3's perfectly and then the very next play will sound
> terrible as there is a low-frequency interruption of the sound
> about 50 or 60 times per second. Not sure what is happening but
> it is just as likely to go away for awhile and then come right
> back.
> 	Speakup won't talk when one is playing MP3's and it
> won't play MP3's if it was speaking so the sound system
> obviously only has one channel.
> 	I hope newer alsa drivers might work better and possibly
> allow recording, something else that doesn't work right for now.
> 	My receipt of messages from the blinux list seemed to
> have stopped for a while so if you saw this message a couple of
> days ago, I am sorry for the repeat posting. I never saw the
> echo.
> 	Thanks for your ideas.
> Martin McCormick WB5AGZ  Stillwater, OK 
> Systems Engineer
> OSU Information Technology Department Network Operations Group
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