Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a large-vocabulary continuous speech recognition program. Version 12.5 is old, but it is the best-performing version under wine. The core function, speech recognition, works very well when dictating into the supplied DragonPad.
What does not
The program cannot dictate into non-wine applications. (You can try DictationBox and paste.)
What was not tested
Many adjustments are extraneous to the program's central mission, and were not tested.
Since wine version 6.0, installation runs very well.
But it needs its own dotnet.
So, install wine.
Use wine uninstaller to remove mono (both parts).
Then install NaturallySpeaking.
It works well with my built-in microphone, but I need privacy so bought a Dragon Stenomask (built for windows) which includes its own usb soundcard, and it works wonderfully.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Jan 27 2021||6.0-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Susan Cragin|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64||Oct 12 2018||3.0.2||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||Susan Cragin|
|Show||Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||May 23 2014||1.7.19||Yes||Yes||Silver||Susan Cragin|
|Show||Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" x86_64||Jul 29 2014||1.6.2||Yes||No||Garbage||Jay Starkman|
|Show||Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 20 2013||1.7.4||Yes||Yes||Silver||Susan Cragin|
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.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.5 is actually not obsolete, since many people still use it, and it was the last Dragon Naturally Speaking to run well on wine.
Versions 13 and 15, both newer, cannot be installed.
12.5 can be installed. However, it no longer runs. A bug crops up after you have created a user profile, and before you first use it.
So there is no working version of Dragon Naturally Speaking right now.
I last tested 12.5 with wine-4.3 (Staging) and it does not run.