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Subject: Re: More voicing options in Rockbox?

Re: More voicing options in Rockbox?

From: Christopher Chaltain <>
Date: Sun, 02 Jan 2011 09:30:27 -0600

On 1/2/2011 4:30 AM, Petr Bláha wrote:
> So problem is not in hardware, resp. softare, but onli in licence policy
> - that's quite sad.
> Dne 2.1.2011 10:23, Daniel Stenberg napsal(a):
>> On Sat, 1 Jan 2011, Petr Bláha wrote:
>>> Yeah, espeak could be quite usefull if rockbox team makes a decision
>>> that rockbox will be equipped with full TTS engine. One big adwantage
>>> is, that espeak supports many languages, and another one is, that it
>>> don't need too much processor power and memory. So it would be great
>>> feature for rockbox. I am very interested in it, as the blind user of
>>> mp3 players.
>> espeak is GPLv3 licensed while Rockbox is GPLv2 so there's a license
>> problem.
>> There are a few solutions:
>> A - espeak changes (back) to GPLv2 [unlikely]
>> B - Rockbox changes to GPLv3 [unlikely]
>> C - We use the older espeak version from back when it was still GPLv2
>> - doable
>> but we'd be basing our work on older espeak code.
>> D - wait and see if something changes that adds a better alternative
>> It seems we're mostly on option (D) these days.

I didn't read this message to say that they're aren't any technical
difficulties, but rather the licensing issue makes it a non-starter for
now. I'd be surprised if even after the licensing issues are resolved
that there still wouldn't be some technical issues that would need to be
worked out. Obviously, I'm not a developer here, so I could be wrong,
and I hope I am.

BTW, I've long since stopped being sad about licensing issues. They're a
fact of life, so I just take them as another challenge that needs to be
worked through.


Christopher <>


Received on 2011-01-02

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