Getting a microphone to work

Joachim Dagerot jd at
Wed Feb 2 13:06:03 PST 2005

>>I have an old Dell Cpt 550 laptop where I run freeSBIE.
>>Although I'm rather experienced with freeBSD I have never really have
>>worked with the client-side part of it, so I don't know much of X or
>>other client side software (kde, gnome or whatever they are called is
>>I'm king of ssh so to say!
>>Now, I want to have the integrated microphone up and running. I also
>>to 'teach' the computer a few phrases (3-4 or so) and have it interact
>>with a software when it hears the phrase.
>>Where do I start? Please point me to drivers, test software, guides or
>>where to download that wonderful "VoiceControlYouImageViewer.gz" that
>>have laying around.
>>Any tip is welcome, imagine I know nothing about this!
>Good luck.   Speech to text is very difficult, AFAIK nothing works well
>in the open source world.  IBM's Via Voice runs on linux, if you can
>find it...
>You can try /usr/ports/audio/sphinx but it is an early release system.
> See the description of that for more info.
>I suspect this is a case of if you can get it working tell everyone
>else how, rather than it works great already.   I could be wrong

Actually, it's not a complete speak-2-text solution I'm aiming for, just being able to shout "NEXT" and it will perform some action. There will be 3 or four of those commands. Not more. I don't even know what a microphone device would be named and how to access it.

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