Orca under Fedora 12?

Willie Walker William.Walker at Sun.COM
Tue Dec 8 18:50:57 UTC 2009

Hi Tobias:

It should work, but there might be some integration issues with Fedora 
and GNOME.  The biggest wrinkle we've come across lately on all distros 
is the interaction between PulseAudio and speech engines.  The two 
don't play well together at all. :-( Luckily, I believe the PulseAudio 
creator works at RedHat now, so maybe he can help resolve some of these 


On Dec 8, 2009, at 1:19 PM, Tobias Vinteus wrote:

> Hi,
> Is anyone successfully running Orca under Fedora 12? After several 
> failed attempts to get Orca working in both Fedora 11 and Fedora 12, 
> I'm seriously considering parting company with Fedora in favor of 
> something more accessible. It seems people are having more success 
> with Ubuntu.
> I don't know really what the problem is. I've installed Fedora in text 
> mode, and afterwards added the Gnome Desktop Environment group, the X 
> Windows System group, the Sound and Video group and various and some 
> others, that I seemed related. Orca, espeak, festival, 
> speech-dispatcher, gnome-speech, brltty (since I want to use braille) 
> are installed, along with their support packages. All alsa and 
> pulseaudio-related packages are also in, as far as I can tell.
> My soundcard works in text mode if I put a has in front of the line 
> that loads the pulseaudio plugin. There is no sound in GNOME, neither 
> with nor without the hash sign present on that particular line in 
> asound.conf.
> I got it all working -Orca, speech and braille - one single time in 
> Fedora 11, but after rebooting, it all stopped working again, form 
> some reason I couldn't work out. In Fedora 11 I had sound, though. Now 
> I have a fresh installation of Fedora 12.
> Is Orca supposed to work i Fedora 12? If not right out of the box, so 
> at least with some tweaking that I'm not aware of?
> Thanks in advance for any hints or advise.
> King regards,
> Tobias
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