Got the Pi going, but then found they put in pulseaudio which stuffed up audio so had to purge it and started using espeak which isn’t as nice as festival but still configurable. Looking good so far, still have a long way to go on it, may try multiple voices and scripts to create a babbling type noise not quite sure yet will have to play. I don’t like the default espeak voice and found other ones not much better but I can still work with it. Festival doesn’t really work that well at all on the Pi, I will give it another go tonight. I could easily use a Pi all the time for general use too, just a step down from my mini itx but works better with the right programs, I will probably use the same browser and the like on my itx from now on to get it up to speed.