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10 April 2012, 15:07

Simon Listens speech recognition project migrates to KDE

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Simon Listens logo The KDE Community has announced that the Simon Listens speech recognition project has successfully completed its migration from the SourceForge source code repository to KDE's Git infrastructure. Often referred to simply as Simon, the program, which is included with some Linux distributions such as Knoppix 7.0, allows users with physical difficulties to control their systems using only their voice.

Simon Listens lead developer Peter Grasch says that migrating to the KDE ecosystem has already "resulted in a greater awareness of Simon within KDE", noting that the change has also lowered the entry barrier for more contributions. "After pushing our code to playground, it took only a day until the first commit from a new contributor," said Grasch, adding that "After the first week, we had six contributors besides myself committing code. Five had never committed to Simon before."

Now that it has completed the migration, the Simon project has been added to the accessibility section of KDE Extragear, a collection of programs that are part of the KDE project but are not included in the official distribution for various reasons. The move also sees Simon join the kde-accessibility mailing list and, for user support, the KDE accessibility sub-forum. The developers had discussed having a separate forum and mailing list with the existing KDE accessibility team, but later decided against it to avoid additional fragmentation.

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