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Re: Availability of Emacspeak



Kalyan:

I was able to successfully install Emacspeak on a Debian machine using 
GPL'd software voice synthesizers using the Debian apt-get utility.  I 
imagine the same would be possible for RedHat folks using rpm's.  Once I 
discovered the packages, and stopped trying to build everything from source 
it turned out to be easier than anything I had ever imagined.

While ISA may be an obsolete standard, I still use ISA cards in the two 
computers on this desk and many others in our organization.  They still 
function fine.  And with respect to modems, have found that ISA modems tend 
to be more linux compatible than PCI modems.

-- Hugh

At 02:51 PM 8/4/03 +0530, Kalyan Mukherjea wrote:
>Hello,
>This isn't even a "newbie query"; rather a "wannabie query"!
>
>I am a legally blind person who is getting a little bit frustrated about
>ever getting Emacspeak working on my Linux PC!
>The Emacspeak home page on the web led me to a HOWTO install page which
>talked of IBM ViaVoice SDK and RTK packages. Neither were available on
>the linked sites. Finally I decided to download Emacspeak-14.0 from the
>cornell ftp site. Reading the doc files, Makefile etc I began to suspect
>that it was based on a piece of hardware called DECtalk
>Express. (Confirmation of this followed *after* joining this list and
>reading the old letters from Dr. Raman.)
>         When I asked my "linux guru" about dectalk he warned me that DEC
>had been bought out by Compaq which had been bought up by HP and that
>the ISA connection I spoke of (based on my reading the archives) is an
>obsolete standard. After several days of searching I finally found a
>letter in this list,  dated May 31, 2003 which suggested that Dectalk 
>Express might be
>unavailable! So is Emacspeak no longer an option for me? Could someone
>please tell me.
>
>Sorry for the whining!
>Kalyan
>
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