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Subject: Re: PDA to Jukebox

Re: PDA to Jukebox

From: John covici <>
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 02:50:19 -0500

You would not need the different ROM -- speakup runs only on a text
console -- if you can get to a text console on your Z machine and if
you can compile things for it -- and kernels in particular and if the
kernel patches succeed, then you may have a chance. There may not be
enough CPU power to do all that, however if festival actually works,
and you can patch the kernel maybe it would happen.

You might want to contact for more information.
What kernel version, etc. works there anyway?

on Tuesday 03/08/2005 Ray Lambert( wrote
> Glenn,
> I think you printed the wrong URL there; it looks like it should be:
> <> The one you gave redirects to some
> grassroots political web site.
> Anywho...
> Yes, I do use a Zaurus C860. Great little machine (but no USB host). I
> only wish it had a built-in 40GB HD so I could replace my Archos FMR
> with it and only carry one device with me. Of course, I'm sure I would
> miss Rockbox... :)
> After a brief look at the speakup web site, I think it's unlikely that
> this would work on a Zaurus. A quick search through a couple of Z
> software indices found nothing.
> First off, unless I misunderstood, it requires a hardware speech
> synthesizer of some sort which I doubt could be connected to a Zaurus.
> If it were possible to work with a software-only speech synthesizer,
> then this might be possible. The Z does have full sound support (in
> fact, I'm in the early stages of writing a guitar signal processing
> program so I can practice when I'm on travel without having to lug an
> amp around with me... :) I just did a quick search and I did find a
> software-based speech synthesis program based on Festival:
> <>. There's also
> this one that gives some hope:
> <> (note that it's
> proprietary, though).
> However, the bigger problem is that the Z doesn't run on X, but rather
> Qtopia, which is a PDA desktop based on Qt using a frame buffer. It
> might still be possible to get it to work on this platform but it would
> likely require a large effort.
> There is one glimmer of hope though. Some folks have put together an
> alternate ROM for the Z which does run X11 and they've managed to port
> many Linux desktop apps to it (<>). I haven't
> tried this ROM myself, but I understand that it's a bit slow (not
> surprisingly). If it is at all possible to get a screen reader working
> on the Z, this ROM would probably be your best hope.
> Nevertheless, I've posted a question on the forum to see if anyone knows
> anything. Here's a link to the thread, so you can monitor it, if you
> like: <>
> ~ray
> >Ray,
> >Do you use one of these PDA's?
> >If so, could you ask that list if it can run, or rather, if Speakup could be
> >made to run on it?
> >Speakup is a screen reader for Linux.
> >If so, that would be wonderful for many of us.
> >Speakup can be found at:
> >
> >Glenn
> >
> _______________________________________________

Your life is like a penny -- how are you going to spend it?
         John Covici
Received on 2005-03-08

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