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MachineOfTheMonth: Open source text to speech with irc and other things

Jan 03, 2000, 20:44 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glenn Mullikin)

[ Thanks to Glenn Mullikin for this link. ]

"For those of you that have never tried text-to-speech synthesis on your Linux computer, you should. It rocks. A word about how to go about doing that and some of the licensing details of the software would be a good place to start."

"The Festival Speech Synthesis System is probably the only thing out there right now for Linux. I tried it in the past using pre-compiled debian packages and it worked like a charm. I used it to listen to irc channels although it wasn't perfect because it couldn't keep up with some of the busier channels but it was great for things like letting me know when a friend had arrived on a secret channel because when she types a message, that message gets spoken through my speakers....But the moment this person arrives on our channel and types something, I know."

"So how do you get Festival? Go to the http://www.cstr.ed.ac.uk/projects/festival/ and download the source (and compile, if you can). Alternately, you can maybe find precompiled packages for your specific distribution. For debian, you can get them from the ftp sites. Look in the sound subdirectory. And look in main. That's right. If you are going to be running the unstable, as I am, the licenses for most of the packages are free enough the be classified as compliant with the The Debian Free Software Guidelines. This is very important to me. Some of you may not need this but it's nice to see something of such great importance to the Linux platform being adopted as open source. So what do we do now? Well, here are the files I downloaded from the Debian ftp site. These are enough for an installation of festival."

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