Howto make Ubuntu to read feeds for you

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Akregator is a KDE application for reading online news feeds. Install Akregator using the following command,

sudo apt-get install akregator

kttsd (KDE Text-to-Speech Deamon) is a non-gui application that runs in the background, providing TTS support to KDE applications. To install this use the following command,

sudo apt-get install kttsd

Festival is a general multi-lingual speech syntheses system and it offers a full text to speech system with various APIs, as well an environment for development and research of speech synthesis techniques. To install this use the following command,

sudo apt-get install festival

Run kttsd using by executing the following command,


Go to Application --> Internet --> Akregator

After getting the Akregator,

Go to Settings --> Toolbars and select Speech Toolbar(Akregator).

Now you can see a parrot icon in the toolbar.

Yeah, now select the articles whatever you want to read and click the "parrot" icon in the toolbar. Hope it starts reading feeds for you.

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2 Responses

  1. ???Dean says:

    I installed the stuffs ,but it doesn’t work .
    I could see the tool bar,and I can click on the play icon.However ,no sound came out.
    Can you tell me why and how can I fix it?
    My system is Ubuntu 9.10.

  2. evilzipik says:

    hello, i have ubuntu 10.10 and not worked this method =(

    after install i edit /etc/default/speech-dispatcher

    and start speech-dispatcher, because kttsd say unknown command

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