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Old 02-13-2004, 12:28 AM   #1
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Narrator in Linux??

Is there a [free] program which reads what you have typed out for Linux??
Does Slackware come with one, like Windows 2k/XP comes with Narrator??
Old 02-13-2004, 03:46 AM   #2
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There's a text-to-speech system called Festival. It comes as standard with RedHat and Fedora, so there's a reasonable chance Slackware are supplying it too.
If they're not, hit sourceforge.

Old 02-13-2004, 10:04 AM   #3
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Festival is great, but pretty useless without speechd. Speechd allows you to cat file.txt > /dev/speech

It then speakes the contents of the file. You can do other cool stuff like echo "Computer now booting to operating system according to operational parameters" > /dev/speech
Old 02-13-2004, 12:35 PM   #4
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You can do much the same with

$ echo "Good evening, ILikeJam" | festival --tts --pipe

and you don't have to worry about the security risks with speechd.

Old 02-13-2004, 08:38 PM   #5
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Any idea how to install the Festival speech_tools with gcc 3.3.1?
I'm getting compile errors even after editing the config + various headers....seems even the latest release is somewhat outdated.


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