"Let's look at Linux-based voice recognition software from the
perspective of China. It would behoove Linux computer makers anyway
to begin manufacturing their computers in China, because China
offers a low-cost method of manufacturing and provides them with a
large market for their hardware which can also be exported to other
important markets around the world.
"Linux computers have the capacity to accommodate voice
recognition systems, such as IBM ViaVoice. This is especially
advantageous to Chinese speakers because both Mandarin and
Cantonese are very complex in the written form, so documents could
be more easily produced through voice recognition software running
on a Linux platform. Using a keyboard is next to impossible for
Chinese languages because so many characters are involved in typing
"Other languages will also benefit from using voice recognition
software for purposes of speed. Hands-busy, eyes-busy professionals
can benefit greatly from voice recognition so they don't have to
use a mouse and keyboard to document their findings.
Voice-activated, easily-used telephone systems will benefit all
walks of life. Anyone driving a car will find voice recognition a
much more effective way of manipulating a vehicle and communicating
from the vehicle..."