getting Gnopernicus to speak

Kenny Hitt kenny at
Fri Nov 21 11:07:22 EST 2003

Hi.  Gnome-speech is the gnome module that handles your speech
synthesizers.  If you have a complete installation of gnome 2.4 then you
should already have gnopernicus and gnome-speech installed.
You don't need to run festival.  Gnome-speech starts it's own
This is just a guess, but run level 5 started gdm.  The gdm default
session starts gnome but the startx script doesn't hava a default
session.  Try creating a file in your home dir called .xinitrc  
In it, put

exec gnome-session

That should make the startx script start a gnome session.

On Fri, Nov 21, 2003 at 04:32:47AM -0500, showell at wrote:
> Folks,
> I am interested in trying this out. I am using Fedora 1.0 and everything 
> appears to be installed. The question I have and haven't been able to 
> determine from the docs is this. First in the GNopernicus documentation 
> I found on the web it refers to gnome-speech, but I haven't located this 
> and it apparently is a program. I'll have to go back over the docs to 
> refresh my memory of its purpose, but I guess until I find it that won't 
> matter much.<grin> Can someone tell me if this thing exists and where I 
> might locate it? I might be digging in the wrong place or searching for 
> it incorrectly, but maybe its something else.
> Ok the other question is do I need to launch festival in server mode 
> prior to running startx or does it get launched as a part of the 
> Gnopernicus startup process. I haven't found anything that says one way 
> or the other, but then I'm not surprised as perhaps its assumed the 
> speech server/whatever is already running. This again could be a 
> missconception on my part.
> Oh lastly, I reconfigured the box to start in runlevel 3 instead of 5 so 
> I can just run startx. I did run this lastnight my wife mentioned the 
> screen was blank. It was not blank when the runlevel was set to 5 and I 
> ran startx. Any ideas?
> tia
> Scott
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