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LinuxNews.com: IBM, KDE Relationship Deepens; IBM to Voice-Enable KDE

Nov 15, 2000, 23:12 (8 Talkback[s])
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"The combination of IBM, KDE and ViaVoice reads more like a jumbled eye chart than a partnership between Big Blue and one of open source software's best known desktops."

"But this alphabetic anomaly could yield significant results for the open source community. IBM announced today at Comdex Las Vegas that IBM would join the new KDE League and partner with Trolltech, Mandrake and others to continue work on IBM's ViaVoice voice recognition software for the KDE desktop."

"The Technical Lead in IBM's Linux Technology Center, Sheila Harnett, went a step further and predicted that the entire KDE desktop and its applications would soon be speech-enabled through this partnership."

"We are planning to have that ready and the integration done by the middle of next year," Harnett said. "As KDE is a desktop for a lot of different footprints of desktops, the traditional fat clients and thin clients, down to even smaller types of desktops, speech becomes more and more important."

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