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LinuxWorld: How to get IBM ViaVoice Dictation Running on Red Hat 7.3

Sep 27, 2002, 03:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"My boss sent me to a seminar to evaluate a hot technology that might prove useful: voice recognition. Kurzweil, a pioneer in the black art, conducted the seminar. I concluded voice recognition was nifty and gave impressive demo, but getting reliable, speaker-independent, continuous-speech recognition was beyond the ken of current technology. That was in 1980. It's still a fair summation today.

"For some people, the promise of voice recognition is a siren call heard above the noise of reality. The desire to produce text from the spoken word remains strong. A friend of mine, we'll call him Robert, recently asked me to help him get IBM's ViaVoice Dictation working on his Red Hat 7.3 desktop. Robert was on a quest for a friend of his, who for physical reasons finds it difficult to type, making school papers harder to create than they should be. Dictating her papers would make her life much easier.

"A year or so ago I tinkered briefly with ViaVoice Dictation while using either Mandrake 8.0 or the SuSE distributions that had included it, but evidently my microphone was not adequate. I thought IBM pulled the Linux version off the market, but Robert said he found it for sale on the IBM Web site. Not only that, but the boxed version included its own microphone..."

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