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Re: which distro?

Hi, I personally feel Red Hat 8.0 is your best choice. It comes with 
speakup, emacspeak, and festival.
It also has a vary large list of packages, and is becoming one of the most 
well known as a leader in Linux distributions.
If you get the espeakf project out of source forge you could use festival 
a as a synth for emacspeak. However, flite at this point is a little 
further along as far as a server for emacspeak.
Oh, and you shouldn't have any problems using the Dectalk Software if you 
would want to, because for one reason the Dectalk server was compiled on a 
Red hat system.
My problem I found with Debian is that Debian doesn't include some of 
these things out of the box, libraries are somewhat incompatible with Red 
Hat,  and Debian is pretty slow on moving to new changes. For example the 
new gcc has been used by Red Hat and Mandrake for a couple versions now, 
and Debian is still doddling along on that dinosaur version 2.95.
Just my thoughts, and opinions here. Hope no hard feelings.

On Mon, 10 Feb 2003, Mirabella, Mathew J wrote:

> All.
> I am going to install linux and emacspeak (maybe speakup as well) on a system for demonstration purposes and for a few other people to manage.  None of the group are really familiar with Linux.  The demos will mainly be for web browsing and accessibility of OS for blind and vi people with tasks like email, listening to audio, programming etc. 
> Can anyone give their views on which distro will work with best performance and less hastles with emacspeak and the related tts?  My current list of choices are:
> 	debian 3.0 woody
> 	red hat 8.0
> have access to a dectalk express, but this is not mine to keep.  So... I am looking at trying via voice or festival for my own system.  i noticed an email on this list mentioning that festival (not flight as such) is on sourceforge.  but i looked and there are no files released as yet.  what is the status of this?
> I believe all the hardware that we have is pretty standard.  I would like to use stable versions if i can, but would like to know if there are any issues that require debian unstable or some such.  i have a toshiba laptop i would like to try as well.  If anyone requires more info on the hardware in order to provide the right advice, please email me off list.
> Mat.
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