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Is there a Ubuntu alternative for this program?

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There is a decent open source text to speech engine available:

freespeech-vr Homepage

freespeech-vr on Google Code

Note that it takes a bit of configuration, which is less polished than Dragon Naturally Speaking's configuration.

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To expand on Alaukik's answer, there are apps built on top of chrome speech recognition capabilities.

I personally use Dictanote ( it is very similar to Dragon ). Here is a link to chrome app : https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dictanote-speech-recogniz/aomjekmpappghadlogpigifkghlmebjk

The site itself : https://dictanote.co

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You can install Chromium 11 version from the ppa ppa:chromium-daily/stable (How to add an PPA) and add --enable-speech-input to the end of the launcher.

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Now visit this website and whoo! Speech-to-Text on ubuntu using html5.

I read here that if you speak slowly it will be more accurate.

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There is a whole Article on Wikipedia dedicated to the Problem.

Unfortunately, it seems there's currently no one solution that works well enough, but a massive list of projects that are underway.

You may want to rummage through the list of solutions to see if there's anything that fits your needs.

Platypus:

There's always the possibility to run Dragon Naturally Speaking using WINE. The Platypus Project is creating software to redirect Dragon's output to any Linux / X application, and they are very far along.

You should definitely take a look at this.

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