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Re: [Fwd: Emacspeak with doubletalk LT. "process speaker not running" on gentoo]

Ok. Thanks for all the information. I will look into eSpeak when we have the beta of RHEL 5 to play with. I haven't worked with it yet. I've heard its based on Fedora Core 6. We also offer Emacspeak to students on Solaris 8 with doubletalk LT. so when we upgrade that OS to Solaris 10 we'd want it availible on that platform also. Hopefully eSpeak would work with that setup. I'm working on the Solaris 10 stuff in some of my time.

I wonder why red hat doesn't get a more current version of emacspeak to package with their distro, RHEL? Hmnn... Its obviously being maintained upstream and all.

Well, thanks again for the info!


On Wed, 7 Mar 2007, Tim Cross wrote:

The eSpeak homepage is:  http://espeak.sourceforge.net

Emacspeak 17 is over 4 years old. You would be better off getting the sources
from the svn repository or the latest stable version in source form. Its not a
complex or difficult package to build and this would be a lot better than an
old rpm.

Emacspeak still supports IBM's ViaVoice, but it is no longer free. Probably too
expensive for what you are doing (plus runtime licenses still seem to be
difficult to obtain). You will need the latest version for espeak support.

There should be no issue with running under RedHat. I think the move by many to
Debian based distros is primarily because Debian appears to have the biggest
selection of emacs packages. Personally, I much prefer apt over rpm, but
different strokes for different folks and all that.



I notice there are some espeak rpms for fedora core X. (when I google for

The reason we choose doubletalk is that the emacspeak that ships with
RHEL 4 didn't come with any speech ability. and the IBM
software synthesizer stopped working around red hat 8.0 timeframe. And we
had to upgrade from red hat 7.3 to red hat 9. Then we had to upgrade to
RHEL 3. Then RHEL 4. ...Soon RHEL 5.

Does espeak project have a home page? If I could get a source rpm I could
try to see if I could make it work. I get the impression a lot of former
emacspeak people ditched Red Hat for other distros?

Then again maybe Red Hat will ship an emacspeak package that is actually
already configured to use the built in speech synthesizer. I notice
gnopernicus system works just fine with it.

BTW, Red Hat ships version emacspeak-17.0-7 with their RHEL 4 distro.

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