When it comes to Linux almost everyone uses Orca the screen reader for
the Gnome graphical desktop environment. It comes with one free
software synth, ESpeak, but you can compile or configure speech
drivers for a lot of other software synths such as the Cepstral
voices, Eloquence, Dectalk, Festival, etc. So that would be the
prefered screen reader for Linux.
The only people who use Speakup are those who A, want to do a lot of
work in the console environment, or B, are geeks who don't like using
graphical user interfaces. I've rarely found a need to use Speakup
since Orca came out, but I do use it when I'm doing a lot of
programming and using commandline programs like gcc, nano, etc but
otherwise I'd have no use for Speakup at all.
As far as dedicated speech hardware that went out with the
dinosaures.I'm not sure who told you that, but they are not exactly up
with the times. Orca as well as Speakup and even YASAR have support
for software synth solutions. There really is no need for a hardware
speech solution like a Speakout, Dectalk, Double Talk, Keynote,
On 11/2/10, neoph...@inthecompanyofgrues.com
> Hi Hayden,
> Actually, I was more interested in a preferred screen reader; also
> possibly wondering if I'm going to run into trouble by not having
> dedicated speech synth hardware. From what I've read, having both is
> So far I've been recommended Speakup, but haven't yet got the chance to
> check it out.
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