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Re: Bug#601596: RFH: festival -- General multi-lingual speech synthesis system

retitle 601596 O: festival -- General multi-lingual speech synthesis system

Dear Debian developers and contributors,

(Apologies for the cross post)

On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 12:46:36PM -0500, Kumar Appaiah wrote:
> I request assistance with maintaining the festival (and speech-tools)
> package. The package is in a "good" state as of now, but it does have
> a TODO list and could do with some love. While I try to do my best
> with festival, since I am not familiar with the various sound
> subsystems the package seems to depend on, I would be much more
> comfortable if someone else steps in to oversee, assist and,
> eventually, take over maintenance of the package.
> If a team is willing to take over, or a team is formed for this package.
> This mail has been sent with permission from the other co-maintainers
> as well.
> Thanks!
> The package description is:
>  Festival offers a full text to speech system with various APIs, as well an
>  environment for development and research of speech synthesis techniques. It
>  includes a Scheme-based command interpreter.
>  .
>  Besides research into speech synthesis, festival is useful as a stand-alone
>  speech synthesis program. It is capable of producing clearly understandable
>  speech from text.

It has almost been 10 months since the RFA, and since filing it,
neither have we been able to step up in maintaining the package
better, nor did we receive any offers for help. Therefore,
regretfully, we have decided to orphan festival (and, in a subsequent
e-mail, speech-tools as well).

Since festival is a fairly important package, it deserves more care
and attention in keeping it up to date. So, it would be great if an
individual or team could step up to fill the void. Needless to say, we
would be glad to help out in the team as well as we can.


Jaldhar, Kartik and Kumar (erstwhile maintainers of festival and speech-tools)
Kumar Appaiah

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