IBM today announced its award-winning ViaVoice speech recognition technology is available for the Linux operating environment. ViaVoice is the first commercial speech recognition technology to be ported to the Linux environment.
"Speech is the next user interface for computing," said W.S. "Ozzie" Osborne, general manager for IBM Speech Systems. "By offering our speech engine and libraries to the growing community of Linux developers, IBM is encouraging the development and proliferation of new interactive and conversational applications."
IBM's initial Linux offering will include a beta version of IBM ViaVoice Software Developers Kit (SDK) for Linux, IBM ViaVoice Run Time Kit for Linux and open source sample applications. These technologies provide the foundation for application developers to incorporate speech recognition technology into the next generation of applications. The initial beta version of ViaVoice engine and SDK for Linux is available in U.S. English. Red Hat, Inc. will be the first to distribute IBM's speech technology as part of the company's Linux 6.0 Application CD, also announced today. In the coming months, IBM plans to extend its ViaVoice for Linux offering to support a variety of languages, additional content and distribution channels, including Caldera Systems.
In addition to offering its ViaVoice SDK and engine for Linux, IBM will host a Web site for new technology downloads and a discussion group for technical information and collaboration with fellow developers. For more information about these services, visit IBM at www.software.ibm.com/speech and select "Linux".
According to IDC Research, Linux is the fastest-growing server operating environment. In 1998, some 750,000 Linux servers were installed, reflecting a 212 percent growth rate and 17 percent of all new server placements. IBM's new release of ViaVoice speech recognition technology for Linux underscores the company's commitment to support Linux with a broad range of hardware, software and service solutions. IBM, in collaboration with commercial Linux distributors, such as Red Hat, Inc. and Caldera Systems, Inc., supports the growth opportunity for Linux solutions.
"Combining IBM's speech recognition technology with the stability and flexibility of Linux is another reason that Linux is a premier computing platform," said Paul McNamara, vice president of business development, Red Hat Software. "Bringing advanced applications, such as ViaVoice, to our users is of prime importance to us."
"This is an important technological advancement for both Linux and IBM," said Ransom Love, president and CEO of Caldera Systems, Inc. "ViaVoice technology is exactly what OpenLinux customers have been asking for -- speech recognition is very important to the enterprise. Add that to IBM"s online Web collaboration with Open Source developers and Linux for Business moves to the next level."
IBM Speech Systems
IBM is a pioneer in speech recognition research and development. The company is focused on supporting open standards that help accelerate the creation of content, servers and browsers that allow speech recognition technology to be easily integrated into voice, data and applications infrastructures.
IBM is a member of a variety of industry efforts including VoiceTIMES, VXML, W3C and Java Technology Consortiums.
IBM's ViaVoice speech recognition technology is based on more than 30 years of speech recognition, user interface and human-to-computer interaction research and development. With an established R&D business worldwide and more than 100 patents in the area of speech recognition, speech synthesis, identification and natural language understanding, the company continues to set the direction for consumer and business applications. The company was one of the first to offer consumer speech recognition software, and as a result has established a reputation as the worldwide leader in continuous, natural language command speech software. IBM ViaVoice software is available in eight languages and sold in more countries than any other speech recognition software product.
For more information about IBM Speech Systems, visit the World Wide Web at www.software.ibm.com/speech.
* For more information about Red Hat Linux 6.0 and the Application CD, please see redhat.com.
IBM and ViaVoice are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Trovalds. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are registered to their respective owners. References to products or offerings do not necessarily imply that IBM intends to make these products or offerings available to every country in the world.
LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. RED HAT is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc. All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Red Hat について
Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at http://www.redhat.com.
Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: risks related to delays or reductions in information technology spending; the effects of industry consolidation; the ability of the Company to compete effectively; the integration of acquisitions and the ability to market successfully acquired technologies and products; uncertainty and adverse results in litigation and related settlements; the inability to adequately protect Company intellectual property and the potential for infringement or breach of license claims of or relating to third party intellectual property; the ability to deliver and stimulate demand for new products and technological innovations on a timely basis; risks related to data and information security vulnerabilities; ineffective management of, and control over, the Company’s growth and international operations; fluctuations in exchange rates; and changes in and a dependence on key personnel, as well as other factors contained in our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (copies of which may be accessed through the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at http://www.sec.gov), including those found therein under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations". In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes, and results may differ materially because of more general factors including (without limitation) general industry and market conditions and growth rates, economic and political conditions, governmental and public policy changes and the impact of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release and these views could change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.