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The Speakonia download on Cnet is an .exe file. I want to get speakonia on my computer without using wine unless I absolutely have to. Is there an Ubuntu version? I am running ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Unity desktop).

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.exe is exclusively the extension of executable file for Windows – Mostafa Ahangarha Mar 19 at 18:56
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Possible duplicate of How can I install Windows software or games? – dobey Mar 19 at 23:52
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No, you will need to use either wine or a virtualized Windows to use it.

Alternatives:

espeak can read out website but also files from command line. From the link:

Languages.

The eSpeak speech synthesizer supports several languages, however in many cases these are initial drafts and need more work to improve them. Assistance from native speakers is welcome for these, or other new languages. Please contact me if you want to help.

eSpeak does text to speech synthesis for the following languages, some better than others.

Afrikaans, Albanian, Aragonese, Armenian, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Kannada, Kurdish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lojban, Macedonian, Malaysian, Malayalam, Mandarin, Nepalese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Turkish, Vietnamese, Welsh.

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Speakonia is no longer supported by the creators, and is windows only. So to get it to work you will have to use Wine, or find another TTS linux application.

Your options can be found here -- https://help.ubuntu.com/community/TextToSpeech

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