Speech Recognition for Linux
This page contains pointers to my own resources for Linux speech recognition,
and to resources created by others. It is by no means a complete reference for
everything related to Linux speech recognition.
1. IBM ViaVoice General
2. IBM ViaVoice on SuSE Linux
Users of other distributions
ViaVoice scripts should be installed by every user of ViaVoice. The changes
are not SuSE-specific. You will probably want to adjust the settings of
SPCH_JAVA and LD_LIBRARY_PATH in /usr/bin/vvsetenv (after installing the
patch). There are comments in the file to help with that.
3. Mailing Lists
|IBM: the ViaVoice recognition engine, Linux SDK (viavoice)
This list was stopped by IBM in early March 2002. The archive is still up
(we'll see for how long). There is a lot of useful information here which
is also relevant to viavoice dictation.
|IBM: ViaVoice Dictation for Linux (vvdictator)
This list was discontinued 10 Feb 2003.
The archive is broken (empty) for Mar - Jun 2002, and IBM says they can't
fix it. I have put all messages of that period into this tar file.
|IBM: viavoice and vvdictator list archives
The archives for the above two lists have disappeared, so I've put a copy
A GPL application which uses the ViaVoice engine
Previous list archives
||group, home page
Announcements/discussions of linux speech recognition
|ViaVoice on MS-Windows
See what ViaVoice for MS-Windows is up to (currently version 10), and how
many and what problems users have on that platform. Yahoo group.
4. Useful links
- DDLinux Numerous valuable links
reg. speech recognition. Also mailing list, see below.
- xvoice (yahoo
- The Linux
speech recognition HOWTO
This is outdated in some places and contains factual errors about ViaVoice.
The ViaVoice engine was never free, free was a 30-day evaluation license.
After that an unlimited license had to be purchased.
Joe Barr's 2 articles in LinuxWorld on ViaVoice
or with all the shebang: page
3 (page 3 has the talkback section).
or with all the shebang: page
talkback reply by John Smart.
Page 2 says: "Maners also cleared up the question of why
IBM doesn't sell the latest version. IBM did not do the versions of
ViaVoice Dictation that were bundled with Mandrake and SuSE, but
represented refinements added to IBM's version by Mandrake and SuSE." I
can say with certainty that SuSE shipped a beta version of the viavoice
engine with 6.3 (don't know about 6.4), but SuSE's involvement with
viavoice had ceased with 7.0 and onwards.
A huge number of linux sound links.
In the USA commercially available headsets and their ratings by the seller,
Marty Markoe. The shop provides excellent service.
Many good articles.
By a long time user of speech recognition, Susan Fulton. Contains many
articles and tips. Mostly MS-windows though, but a lot of the material holds
for any voice recognition software.
Review of VV for linux (Aug 2000)
Why the home-level equipment is not adequate for serious use, compared with
professional equipment. (They do seem to compare a cheap with an expensive
Some good microphones
More microphones for sale
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