Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th May 2009 22:04 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Many Linux users have experience with Wine, the application compatibility layer which allows some Windows programs to run on UNIX-like machines. During Ubuntu's Open Week event, Mark Shuttleworth was asked about Wine, and how important he believes it is for the success of Ubuntu.
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And nor will it for years. Open-source initiatives are at least ten years away from a useable speech recognition product.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking runs faster and more accurately on Linux, through Wine, than it does on Windows, when it is doing it's core competency -- dictating continuous text into Notepad or the equivalent.
What does this mean, potentially? It means that court systems can get cheaper and more reliable transcription. It means that students have a more productive time studying. It means that historical societies can transcribe ancient texts (that's what I do, and I do it through wine). It means that the disabled have a voice.
Mark Shuttlesworth has missed (1) the only application that is a critical necessity for all of society; (2) some applications work faster and better in linux/wine than in Windows.

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so it isn't 10 years away, by any means ...

It still means it is WAY from useable. I have tried most of those myself too and they all were about as useable in speech recognition as a rock on the bottom of the ocean.

... but all of this does not mean that there is no speech recognition software for Linux.

Both of those links of yours are about software meant for embedded devices and require application support for the engine. Neither of those engines are general-purpose and are of no use for anyone who cannot modify the source code of their applications.

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