[orca-list] Thinking Further About Speech Recognition
- From: Christian Hofstader <cdh gnu org>
- To: accessibility gnu org, Vinux Development <vinux-development googlegroups com>, Orca-list <orca-list gnome org>
- Cc: Richard Stallman <rms gnu org>
- Subject: [orca-list] Thinking Further About Speech Recognition
- Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2010 09:44:21 -0400
Eric wrote a very thoughtful message regarding the ups and downs of
trying to make an entirely libre speech recognition package or
building a hybrid that uses a proprietary engine that already exists and
building a libre UI and pre-processor component. The goal would be
ultimately to replace the proprietary engine with one built by our
community and carrying a free software license but, in the meantime,
using some sort of off-the-shelf solution.
This has a very big problem: even if we accepted using a proprietary
engine until we could build
our own replacement, we would be creating a big set back. If there is a
workable solution - free, proprietary, hybrid, etc. people will not
volunteer to make a libre replacement unless we can demonstrate how it
could outperform the hybrid, which will be hard and likely to push
volunteers into other projects where no analogue exists.
Thus, FSF/GNU cannot endorse a temporary proprietary solution as it will likely either postpone or entirely
scrap the development of a libre engine that we can endorse.
FSF/GNU protects people's computing freedoms and would not want to take anything away by using a proprietary
solution even temporarily in this case.
So, I propose that we launch a speech reco user interface and
pre-processor project that is 100% libre. The different sub-projects can
talk to libre engines and be entirely endorsed by FSF/GNU.
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