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On 16 Apr 2002, Russ Pitman <rjp@belle.apana.org.au> writes:

    Hum: it looks like IBM may have removed the (free) ViaVoice SDK
    for linux offering.

My understanding is that Via Voice is free in the sense of `gratis',
not free in the sense of `freedom'.  If it were free as in freedom, he
would be offering you the sources and you would have the legal right
to use, copy, study, modify, and redistribute them.

Take a look at EFlite, an unrestricted, open source, free software
speech server for Emacspeak:


You can download a very early test distribution.

After installation, I ran the program after first setting two
environmental variables:

    export EMACS_UNIBYTE=1
    export DTK_TCL=/usr/local/bin/eflite
    emacs -q -l /usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/emacspeak/lisp/emacspeak-setup.el

Eflite is not yet as good as the more developed programs.  Certainly,
the early version that I tested had problems.  But eflite does
generate speech without requiring any special hardware.  It looks very
promising to me and it is free in the sense of freedom.

    Robert J. Chassell                  bob@rattlesnake.com
    Rattlesnake Enterprises             http://www.rattlesnake.com

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