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Re: ViaVoice now available for Linux

This was already posted to the mail list and truthfully I don't see the
big deal it is an input method not an output method.  I would hope that
IBM also ports its output stuff but as of yet I see nothing from them
about that.

Ken /whsitler

On Thu, 6 May 1999, Bryan Smart wrote:

> I haden't seen anyone post this and thought that you people would find it
> exciting.
> I don't believe that the ViaVoice TTS engine is included yet, but, if it is
> (or is soon), this may be the software speech solution that many of us have
> been seeking.
> Bryan
> ----------
> SYSTEM ViaVoice for Linux Available Immediately from Red Hat, Caldera
> Systems Distribution Planned  SOMERS, NY -- April 26,1999 -- IBM today
> announced its award-winning ViaVoice speech recognition technology is
> available for the Linux operating environment. ViaVoice is the first
> commercial speech recognition technology to be ported to the Linux
> environment.  "Speech is the next user interface for computing," said W.S.
> "Ozzie" Osborne, general manager for IBM Speech Systems. "By offering our
> speech engine and libraries to the growing community of Linux developers,
> IBM is encouraging the development and proliferation of new interactive and
> conversational applications."  IBM's initial Linux offering will include a
> beta version of IBM ViaVoice Software Developers Kit (SDK) for Linux, IBM
> ViaVoice Run Time Kit for Linux and open source sample applications. These
> technologies provide the foundation for application developers to
> incorporate speech recognition technology into the next generation of
> applications. The initial beta version of ViaVoice engine and SDK for Linux
> is available in U.S. English. Red Hat Software will be the first to
> distribute IBM's speech technology as part of the company's Linux 6.0
> Application CD, also announced today. In the coming months, IBM plans to
> extend its ViaVoice for Linux offering to support a variety of languages,
> additional content and distribution channels, including Caldera Systems.  In
> addition to offering its ViaVoice SDK and engine for Linux, IBM will host a
> Web site for new technology downloads and a discussion group for technical
> information and collaboration with fellow developers. For more information
> about these services, visit IBM at www.software.ibm.com/speech and select
> "Linux".  According to IDC Research, Linux is the fastest-growing server
> operating environment. In 1998, some 750,000 Linux servers were installed,
> reflecting a 212 percent growth rate and 17 percent of all new server
> placements. IBM's new release of ViaVoice speech recognition technology for
> Linux underscores the company's commitment to support Linux with a broad
> range of hardware, software and service solutions. IBM, in collaboration
> with commercial Linux distributors, such as Red Hat Software and Caldera
> Systems, Inc., supports the growth opportunity for Linux solutions.
> "Combining IBM's speech recognition technology with the stability and
> flexibility of Linux is another reason that Linux is a premier computing
> platform," said Paul McNamara, vice president of business development, Red
> Hat Software. "Bringing advanced applications, such as ViaVoice, to our
> users is of prime importance to us."  "This is an important technological
> advancement for both Linux and IBM," said Ransom Love, president and CEO of
> Caldera Systems, Inc. "ViaVoice technology is exactly what OpenLinux
> customers have been asking for -- speech recognition is very important to
> the enterprise. Add that to IBM"s online Web collaboration with Open Source
> developers and Linux for Business moves to the next level."  IBM Speech
> Systems  IBM is a pioneer in speech recognition research and development.
> The company is focused on supporting open standards that help accelerate the
> creation of content, servers and browsers that allow speech recognition
> technology to be easily integrated into voice, data and applications
> infrastructures.  IBM is a member of a variety of industry efforts including
> VoiceTIMES, VXML, W3C and Java Technology Consortiums.  IBM's ViaVoice
> speech recognition technology is based on more than 30 years of speech
> recognition, user interface and human-to-computer interaction research and
> development. With an established R&D business worldwide and more than 100
> patents in the area of speech recognition, speech synthesis, identification
> and natural language understanding, the company continues to set the
> direction for consumer and business applications. The company was one of the
> first to offer consumer speech recognition software, and as a result has
> established a reputation as the worldwide leader in continuous, natural
> language command speech software. IBM ViaVoice software is available in
> eight languages and sold in more countries than any other speech recognition
> software product.  For more information about IBM Speech Systems, visit the
> World Wide Web at www.software.ibm.com/speech.  ###  Editor Note: * For more
> information about Red Hat Linux 6.0 and the Application CD, please see
> redhat.com.  IBM and ViaVoice are trademarks or registered trademarks of
> International Business Machines Corporation. Linux is a registered trademark
> of Linus Trovalds. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are
> registered to their respective owners. References to products or offerings
> do not necessarily imply that IBM intends to make these products or
> offerings available to every country in the world.
> --
> Bryan Smart
> E-mail: bsmart@pobox.com

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