Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 496011
Spanish voices available for Festival
Last modified: 2009-06-30 17:27:53 EDT
I've packaged into festival the Spanish voices (Hispavoces) developed by the Andalusian Government for their Linux Distro. They contracted a profesional company for quality voices for their a11y regulation needs.
You've the files at http://olea.org/tmp/festival/
I choose to follow the present trend of including all voices into festival. I didn't named the packages as festvox-* since they are not distributed by them.
It's almost trivial to include in the present festival distribution and I think all the needed information is provided in the package.
Feel free to ask any info you could need.
I recommend just doing a separate package.
One source tarball, one package is a good rule.
Well, my only concern here is not promoting non-English languages as less privileged ones. I see the point of not bloating the festival src with tons of voice files but...
If possible, I would ask you please to consider this idea. Maybe creating a separate package for the festvox English voices too. Hopefuly this could be the seed of a little Fedora policy for packaging synthetic voices.
How do you see it?
On second thought, since there's already a ton of voice tarballs in the festival package, it is probably fine to just continue with this.
However, I have some doubt about the copyright. Looking at the /usr/share/doc/festvox-sflpc16k/doc-pak/copyright file in the Debian packages on the guadalinex website, I see:
This distribution falls under the following copyright
(i.e. with commercial restriction). See notes below.
Junta de Andalucía
Copyright (c) 2007
All Rights Reserved.
This package was generated and the source files were provided by
MP Sistemas and Intelligent Dialogue Systems S.L. (INDISYS)
Contact person: <email@example.com>
This development is based on the previous work of the University of
Edimburgh on 'ellpc11k' Spanish male voice.
(Package available at
The troublesome parts here are the reference to 'commercial restriction', and the fact that this work is derived from festvox-ellpc11k, which was deemed not suitable for Fedora for license reasons, iirc.
(In reply to comment #4)
> The troublesome parts here are the reference to 'commercial restriction', and
> the fact that this work is derived from festvox-ellpc11k, which was deemed not
> suitable for Fedora for license reasons, iirc.
I'm not really sure where that doc cames from since the debian packaging info is clear about adding the GPL license.
Well: I've been chatting with the Guadalinex Project manager (Alfonso de Cala). He has been very clear:
- since they have developed the new voices completely from scratch they have full control of all the data and sources for _these_ Spanish voices, the commercial restritions is from festvox version;
- he ratifies the GPL2+ licencing;
In some time they'll publish a release with better copyright explanation, dunno when exactly.
I know this guy personally so I'm sure the information is correct. It's enough for you?
Yeah, sounds good to me.
I've built festival-1.96-12.fc12 with these new subpackages.
We can look at backporting to f11 when the freeze lifts.
Adding 'FutureFeature' keyword to avoid rawhide rebase.
festival-1.96-12.fc11 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 11.
festival-1.96-12.fc11 has been pushed to the Fedora 11 testing repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
If you want to test the update, you can install it with
su -c 'yum --enablerepo=updates-testing update festival'. You can provide feedback for this update here: http://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/F11/FEDORA-2009-6473
festival-1.96-12.fc11 has been pushed to the Fedora 11 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.