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I'm looking for something that works as well as the Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Windows Speech Recognition or MacSpeech Dictate - except for Ubuntu. Does such a thing exist?

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According to this Wikipedia article*:

There is currently no open-source equivalent of proprietary speech recognition software (e.g. Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking or Windows Speech Recognition) for GNU/Linux. However, there are several incomplete, open-source projects and solutions that could be used to attain some elements of speech recognition in the free operating system. It is also possible to use Windows speech recognition software under GNU/Linux.

I think it would be possibly (and fairly easy) to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking in a virtualized Windows environment by running Windows in something like VirtualBox.

*Depending on how much faith you put into Wikipedia articles

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That's what many Linux folks who wants to use voice recognition do, e.g. –  Franck Dernoncourt Dec 2 '13 at 0:35

I know that this questions is "old", but I can confirm that Dragon runs fine (although a little "slow") within recent versions of Wine.

Note that what doesn't work is the ability to "dictate anyware" as "non-wine" windows are not recognized as being "dictable" fields. But if you dictate inside the DragonPad, then everything works perfectly.


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WineHQ user feedback on DNS with Wine:… –  Franck Dernoncourt Dec 2 '13 at 0:33

In addition to running Dragon NaturallySpeaking in a Windows VM host and having your Linux distro as guest, there exist some Linux programs tapping Google's voice technology but I haven't tried it myself. I wonder how long Google will authorize this, although it's a nice way to get more training data.

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