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Software Speech (Re: ibm tts run-time engine purchasing alternatives)



Phil's Free wrote:
My friend Paul has been without his emacspeak machine since _last_
>>spring because we blew a capacitor in the powersupply and fried his
>>hard drive, and I've been unable to duplicate the old machine under
>>modern Linux distros.  I tried every published trick to bootstrap the
>>old VV libs.  FLite kept crashing, Java synth jabbers jibberish. We
>>tried speakup, it drove him nuts.  We tried every existing free
>>softsynth, none worked. We bought the saccent, it sucked.  We're
>>stalled.

Depending on his level of desperation, you might try DECtalk.  I've got 
version 4.6 and I'm satisfied with it. It could be better.

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