Speakup for linux info wanted

Laura Eaves leaves1 at carolina.rr.com
Tue Feb 15 02:04:41 EST 2005

Hi -- Thank you for that info!  I guess I took my info from a previous mail 
on this list a very long time ago -- oer perhaps it was from a web page that 
hadn't been updated for a while.
I'll remember that.
Take care.
Oh, and is this info available on the speakup webpage, or from a link on 
that page?
Take care.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kenny Hitt" <kenny at hittsjunk.net>
To: "Speakup is a screen review system for Linux." <speakup at braille.uwo.ca>
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 1:43 AM
Subject: Re: Speakup for linux info wanted

Hi.  Just a correction.  You don't build software synths into the
kernel.  Software synths run in user space.  To get a software synth
working, you need to install the software synth, install
speech-dispatcher, and finally build a program called speechd-up.
Speechd-up takes the output from the speakup software synth driver and
sends it to speech-dispatcher.  Speech-dispatcher will send the text
from speechd-up to the default synth selected in the config file for

Hope this helps.

On Tue, Feb 15, 2005 at 01:28:43AM -0500, Laura Eaves wrote:
> Marvin --
> i think it is better to use a hardware synth for speakup, as then you can
> hear more of the boot process, before the sound card driver gets loaded.
> Building speakup with the software synth makes the kernel bigger and your
> system slower, as the synth has to be compiled into the kernel along with
> speakup.
> If you can get an old doubletalk or even a more expensive dectalk or
> whatever, then you could even use it on other systems if you need to.
> But you need a synth that is able to plug into a serial port, not USB.  I
> think the USB output is not yet supported.
> Go to the speakup page and you will find links to all the various linux
> versions -- binaries and source -- and you will also find links to synths
> that work with speakup.
> Here are some links I saved in my favorites:
> http://www.linux-speakup.org/speakup.html
> http://linux-sound.org/speech.html
> http://www.linux-speakup.org/ftp/disks/fedora/index.html
> The last link is to the Fedora Core linux with speakup, which is the one I
> have chosen to use first.
> But you can find links to other linux distributions: Debian, slackware, 
> etc.
> Good luck.
> --le
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Marvin Hunkin" <marvkin at hotmail.com>
> To: <speakup at speech.braille.uwo.ca>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 12:56 AM
> Subject: Speakup for linux info wanted
> Hi.
> will be taking a class in hardware stuff and to install operating systems 
> at
> my college.
> so looking to install speakup for linux.
> could you tell me where i can get it from, how to install it, what 
> software
> synths to download, how to use it, and how to configure it.
> please let me know.
> cheers Marvin.

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