This is definitely one for “Ooh Ahh, That’s Cool!” file… Have you heard of “Festival” before? Festival is an open source speech synthesis system which runs on Linux, Unix, and even Windows. It takes text-based input and produces audio. Best of all, it’s included with openSUSE and included and supported with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.

You can try it out with this web voice demo, or

Read more about it at the CMU speech site or the original University of Edinburgh site, or

Check out this Cool Solution on how to have Festival say what you type, or even have web pages read to you.