Simon - speech activated user interface for KDE (KDE.News)
Posted Aug 24, 2009 16:04 UTC (Mon) by JoeBuck
Parent article: Simon - speech activated user interface for KDE (KDE.News)
The authors evidently think that a user-does-the-link approach, where a proprietary component has to be downloaded and linked by the end user into a GPL code base, will fly.
Steve Jobs tried that: his old company, NeXT, wanted to ship a proprietary Objective-C compiler that was at least 95% FSF GCC code. They backed down, as the FSF (or their lawyer, Eben Moglen) convinced them that NeXT would lose badly. They wound up contributing their Objective-C changes to GCC and making it free instead. But because of this history, I'd be amazed if Novell or Red Hat would touch this with a ten meter pole.
I think that the code could be re-architected to make it legal, so that there is a separate, standalone executable that contains the speech recognition code, perhaps structured as a server that any apps (KDE or otherwise) could interact with. The protocol could be specified and documented, to allow the proprietary speech recognition component to be replaced with a free one.
to post comments)