The 1.9.5 release of Festival offers significant improvements over the
current 1.4.x package. Particularly, from an end-user perspective, the
HTS (CMU "Arctic") voices sound much better than the previous ones,
and there's even *gasp* a female voice.
The release is backwards compatible with 1.4.3, so updating shouldn't
be problem. And, this release is _basically_ what will be 2.0 --
they're only holding it up "until [they] can accommodate compatability
with newer versions of compilers". Since the current festival 1.4.3
package has in its changelog a comment about making it work with gcc
3.4, I don't think we have to worry about that -- so, this is
basically the same as what 2.0 will be.
It'd be nice to get it in before the upcoming FC4 freeze, if at all
I have preliminary packages at <http://www.mattdm.org/misc/festival/>,
which build and work on both FC2 and FC3. This should be a good
starting place for an FC-devel/FC4 package.
Tomorrow, I'll work on integrating the suggestion from bug #75645
(don't put all that stuff in the bin directory). (Not really a blocker
for this bug, though....)
Updated "0.mattdm8" release of this package moves utilities from
speech-tools out of the way, hopefully addressing the bug #75645 issue.
Another approach would be to split speech-tools into its own package
(it has its own source file, after all) and put all of these
special-purpose utils in a subpackage of that. (Maybe still not
installing into /usr/bin, to avoid conflicts with the various two- and
Any update on this?
Cool -- package is in rawhide now. Thanks!