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Festival - A Text to Speech synthesis software in Linux

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Coming home after a hard day at work after staring at the monitor continuously for hours on end, the last thing I want to do many days is sit in front of the computer again. At times though, I have this urge to grab a book and do some light reading but often the strain on my eyes dissuades me in pursuing this thought any further. This is where this very nice utility called festival comes into the picture. Festival is a text-to-speech synthesiser developed by the Centre for Speech Technology Research at the University of Edinburgh. It is shipped with most Linux distributions and has been released under an X11-type licence allowing unrestricted commercial and non-commercial use alike.

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