speakup and software synthesizers

Michael Whapples mwhapples at aim.com
Tue Dec 4 12:25:16 EST 2007

Yes speakup does support software synths through speechd-up and
speech-dispatcher (www.freebsoft.org). I don't use fedora, but I would
imagine that there are RPMs for it for these packages.

Some of the limitations though of using speakup with software synths
Speech output will not be from the moment the computer starts (as it can
be with a hardware synth and speakup.
It needs a working sound system, so some installer CDs which don't
configure audio for the setup process will not be accessible. There are
some distros who have a live CD as the installer CD and start the sound
system (GRML and ubuntu come to mind, although ubuntu now only includes
orca and not speakup).

Those limitations aren't always such a problem as they sound. A properly
working system should always boot fine, so not having speech in the boot
process isn't necessary for that (unless you plan to use something
unstable or want to do development of something which happens early on
in the boot process). The installer issue can be got around if the
distro allows remote terminals during the install (I think fedora allows
installation using telnet).

Michael Whapples
On Tue, 2007-12-04 at 09:47 -0700, Don Raikes wrote:
> Hello,
> Does speakup support any software synthesizers?
> I would like to run fedora core 8 with speakup, but I don't ahve a hardware synthesizer.
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