From: Jason White [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2012 2:01 AM
Subject: Re: Emacspeak in Arch Linux
This is very much the case in Debian and Ubuntu. I think the package
D.J.J. Ring, Jr. <email@example.com> wrote:
> I'm sure that I could install emacspeak from source, I've done that
> many times but Arch was supposted to have package builds - the ones
> that I have looked at - I guess it was emacspeak-svn says "Package
> refuses to build" - so that's the frustration.
I would suggest taking that up with whoever is maintaining the official
package, or offering to help with it.
Linux distributions, on the whole, don't have a good record of maintaining
Emacspeak packages. I don't know why this is the case, since it's easy to
compile and install, and the dependencies haven't changed much over time.
repositories for Precise (12.04) still feature Emacspeak 29. The most
recent emacspeak package I've encountered thusfar is for the vinux 3.0
version based on Ubuntu 10.04 and that was Emacspeak 32 which Bill cox
You mentioned that the reason you felt this might be the case is the lack of
motivation by the community to maintain due to a preference to run from
source from svn checkouts. I also think there are other factors.
1. Dectalk is still, after all these years, the default speech synthesizer.
You have to do some tweaking to get something else as the default. Espeak
is the default speech synthesizer available on most distros that have a
software speech synth pre-installed so, that would be the obvious choice for
a default speech synthesizer.
2. Pulse audio issues. I've had some success in the past getting Emacspeak
to work with Pulse in the console environment following many tips posted
here by Tim Cross but I haven't had much success with it since Emacspeak 34
on Ubuntu 11.04.
3. Emacspeak has a very small user-base compared to packages like Speakup
or Orca and this user community tends to be made up of more advanced Linux
users who have the skill to get around the issues outlined in 1 and 2.
4. Lastly, the user community grows very very slowly because of the steep
learning curve new users face in order to get up and running because of the
lack of recent, pre-configured packages and up to date documentation that is
hard to find for people interested in it.
These last two reasons I outlined are the ones that seem to dissuade
official backing from accessibility groups particular to each distribution.
I know that this is what I, myself ran across when I proposed having the
Emacspeak packages updated on the Ubuntu accessibility list.
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