Voice-to-Text Software for Linux

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Voice-to-Text Software for Linux
Voice recognition software aids in productivity. (the face behind the voice image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.com)

Voice-to-Text software, also called voice recognition software, transforms the spoken word of a lecture or a meeting, for example, into text for use in numerous applications. For Linux, itself a free system, there are voice-to-text software choices that are free or that you can pay for.

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The Facts

Linux is a free operating system and the main alternative to proprietary options such as Unix and Microsoft. Many applications, including voice recognition software, run on Linux. These speech recognition programs ultimately replace keyboard entry with voice entry.

Potential Options

Festival is a free and unrestricted speech-to-text software for both commercial and non-commercial use. It offers full text-to-speech capability in multiple languages. ViaVoice, by IBM, is another viable option, although not free. For around £26.00, you can order both the software and an accompanying headset from IBM.


Language preference may be the ultimate deciding factor in choosing the best voice-to-text program. Festival is currently available in British English, American English, Spanish and Welsh. ViaVoice offers British English, American English, French and German language support.

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