Linked by Rayiner Hashem & Eugenia Loli-Queru on Mon 24th Nov 2003 16:24 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews Today we are very happy to publish a very interesting Q&A with major freedesktop.org members: the founder Havoc Pennington (also of Debian, Gnome and Red Hat fame), Waldo Bastian (of SuSE & KDE fame), Keith Packard and Jim Gettys (of X/XFree86/fontconfig/w3c fame) and David Zeuthen, a new member who's taking over the ambitious HAL project. In the article, we discuss about general freedesktop.org goals, status and issues, the role of KDE/Qt in the road to interoperability with Gnome/GTK+, HAL (with new screenshots), the new X Server aiming to replace XFree86 and we even have an exclusive preliminary screenshot of a version of Mac OS X's Exposé window management feature for this new X Server! This is one article not to be missed if you are into Unix/Linux desktop!
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text-to-speech
by jonathanbearak on Tue 25th Nov 2003 00:23 UTC

At the bottom of the interview with Havoc Pennington, Eugenia notes that screenreader is greyed out in Fedora. I am running Fedora, and saw the same thing. It says that gnopernicus must be installed. Therefore,
yum install gnopernicus
and text-to-speech works.
While it's cool, it's also annoying as hell -- talks too much, you could say. Does anyone know of another way to access the underlying text-to-speech software? It would be incredibly useful if I could paste text into a textbox and press read. (Like Simpletext on MacOS 7+.)