Thanks for the quick reply. And thanks for the extra information.
Well, as a former C, C++, Java programmer, I'm still boggled by the amount of subproblems to I'll have to experiment-try-fail-experiment-again in order to get the TTS working.
I'm sure to take up the challenge once I SUBMIT MY DISSERTATION ON MONDAY. Heh, I took a slight diversion this morning to attempt installing festival because I SO WANTED TO USE your filter. Anyway, they say "good things come to those who wait". So, I'll bide my time and when I've rechared, I'll charge right back in and try out your steps.
From the look of things (I'm new to this Linuxy stuff), it's more like "Who DARES WINS" when it comes to server side programming, coding and script stuff.
But I'm sure I can do it. I know because I managed to install Munin Graphs, eAccelerator and mod_deflate on my Apache, Centos setup. I took me days, no - weeks, and hours of pecking away at the keyboard one step at a time. Hours it took me to read all those Googled how to sites and blogs. Also managed to get Ghostscript installed on my Centos.
And to think that 6 months ago I had never ever run a script in a Linux command prompt. Anyway I still backup my system before doing anything I consider as "high risk" to my beloved VPS.
So anyway, keep up the good work on the filter, maybe one day you can write a PHP & Linux for Dummies book for the rest of us.
Thanks for reading my ramblings. After my Masters is done, I intend to take up Php and MySQL seriously (reading books first). So that I can one day write Moodle mods and code and be a developer rather than just a power user.