kdwhite wrote:Hi Paul. Almost looked like a press release at the start.
Going to linux is a HUGE task. Technically it looks like it would be possible, there are a few decent voices that would work there now. We build AbleReader, our Mac product with something that would make porting of it relatively easy, maybe 2 months work instead of a year, but that is with some pretty limitted functionality.
Personally, I'm still not sold on linux being a profitable platform for an app company. Do you know of many good examples of companies that are actually selling apps on linux? Most of my linux friends seem to be the types that don't pay for software.
There is a company called AT&T they have a product called Natural Voices it runs on MS Windows and Linux you should check it out. I run their Mike and Crystal voice under windows because my favorite TTS product, NEXTUP has not ported to LINUX yet.
There is another company called IBM they have a buttload of products running under Linux. Coral makes a neat product called WordPerfect.
Maybe you have heard of Sybase and Oracle they both sell database products that compete with IBMs DB2 which also sells on Linux platforms.
This is holy war kind of thing talking OS pluses and minuses.
I own your software now. I would purchase a new license of TextAloud if it ran under Linux. I thought I could throw up a poll question here when I get another free moment I will do so.
I am now requesting that everyone who reads this message that would consider running NextUp TextAloud under Linux to send a short email to sales@NextUp.com
stating you would purchase a license to run Nextup under Linux.
Hopefully the NextUp mail server will crash and NextUp will start developing a Linux port tomorrow. I kind of doubt it but I am holding my thumbs (have my fingers crossed).
Unless it pays to port there is no point in porting to Linux. I agree with you Ken.
Ken you are the BEAN COUNTER and I am just one of your many happy customers that wants to go Linux on all of my computers in my home.