It works fine BUT it does require the libs in Wine 1.7.
Tested with 64 bit Ubuntu 14.04 lts. I had to switch the inputs from the hdmi-to-audio hardware setup to built-in audio for it to work. The took me a while to figure out. You may have to fiddle with the alsa settings for the microphone gain - I had to turn them on full blast - but once I did - it worked fine. YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) applies.
What does not
I couldn't get the dock to work, but it displays an icon (microphone) in the system tray -- I was able to successfully dictate into notepad.
What was not tested
The dock may work once you have installed vcrun2010 with winetricks.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 21 2016||1.9.12||Yes||No||Garbage||an anonymous user|
|Show||Fedora 23 x86_64||Jan 25 2016||1.9.1||Yes||Yes||Bronze||NSLW|
|Show||Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 07 2015||1.7.44||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Current||Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Apr 08 2015||1.7.38||Yes||Yes||Gold||Wayno|
|Show||Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 20 2013||1.7.4||Yes||Yes||Silver||Susan Cragin|
For all installations, it's a good idea to set the Windows version to Windows 8.
Set winetricks fontfix.
For 64-bit users:
Currently NatSpeak installs flawlessly in wine-1.7.4 and runs in any wine version up to wine-1.7.7. It installs flawlessly in 1.7.7 but then does not run. ??
As of wine 3.6(staging), and possibly earlier, NatSpeak 12.5 installs and runs under a 64-bit wineprefix.
I installed it on 28-Apr-2018 and the only special concession I made to the wineprefix was to uninstall mono. Installing dotnet 40 with winetricks also works. Both optiions tell the program that an inadequate version of net is installed, and prompt the program to install its own.
After the installation, it says you have to reboot. I kill wineserver at the terminal and then start the installation process over. It does, bypassing the net installation.
All in all, NatSpeak works wonderfully now, and version 12.5 is very accurate and the latest low-end (and cheap) version to work well.