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Free Speech-to-Text Software

Because of this site’s name, many people come here looking for free speech-to-text or speech recognition software. Actually, this site talks about free or open source software, especially in relation to online marketing.

Truth be told, however, I’m also in the lookout for speech recognition open source software. When I was using Windows XP, I used Dragon Naturally Speaking, which was a good software. I’m not a fast typist and I find it easier to use speech recognition software.

Since I switched to Linux/Ubuntu, I’ve been missing Dragon Naturally Speaking. Alas, the only good speech recognition software are the commercial ones. Indeed, there are open source software such as CMU Sphinx, Julius, and two or three others, but you need to be a bit geeky to install them since you need to install them through the command line. And, when you want to activate it, you still have to do it through the command line. No GUIs yet.

For instance, I tried installing Sphinx 4, but I gave up because it requires packages within packages. If one package doesn’t get installed, the application just won’t work.

The best I was able to do was install Gnome Voice Control, which is a simple voice command app. It’s pretty decent, but at times it was faster using my mouse.

So, I have to wait until someone comes up with a simpler way to install and use speech recognition software for Linux. I heard the Ubuntu people are working on one. I guess there isn’t much demand for this kind of software or there’s some difficulty developing one.

This doesn’t deter me though from continuing to use Ubuntu. The benefits of using Linux far outweigh the inconveniences.