Killing festival from main.

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Wed Nov 28 09:18:24 GMT 2007

On Tue, Nov 27, 2007 at 08:15:32PM +1100, Luke Yelavich wrote:
> Greetings all
> As I do the rounds of merging accessibility related packages such as speech synthesizers, I notice that we still have festival in main. Since we decided to go to espeak several releases ago, we've still kept festival around for a while.
> I'd like to get people's thoughts as to whether we should demote all festival packages to universe, and focus on using espeak as the speech synthesizer of choice. I know we don't ship festival on the disks any more (as far as I know without checking seeds), and if we do, it is a lot of disk space saved, due to the size of the voices.
> Festival also supports only a small number of languages, compared to what espeak supports, and, espeak's languages can be added relatively easily, compared to what is required to develope a voice for Festival.
> I still need to check all packages in main that recommend/depend on it, but at a glance, I think we can safely get rid of it.
> Thoughts and opinions welcome.

This is only in main because it's explicitly seeded, though this does mean
that it wastes space on the DVD.

I went ahead and removed it from the Hardy seeds, so it should be able to
pass out of main during regular archive maintenance.

 - mdz

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