The Indian government is all set to launch the improved and updated version of BOSS ( Bharat Operating System Solutions ) developed by C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing). The government developed BOSS in order to reduce dependance on foreign operating systems. The OS was first launched back in January 2007, however it lost ground quickly due to the lack of adoption and faster upgrades offered by other operating systems.
The official said, “We have no dearth of developers here. BOSS has almost all the features that one can get in, say, Windows. The earlier version was less user-friendly and had few features. We will seek help of Indian software biggies to develop it further.” He also said that the system was tested over the past three months. Many government agencies asked to check for vulnerabilities and the OS worked as it was supposed to.
BOSS is actually a linux distribution, which was developed by the Centre of Development of Advanced Computing or C-DAC that is based in Pune. The Defence Research and Development Organisation as well as Gujarat Technological University was actively involved in developing the system that supports all Indian languages.
BOSS GNU/Linux distribution developed by C-DAC.BOSS GNU/Linux Version 5.0 codenamed as Anokha is coupled with GNOME Desktop Environment 3.4 version with wide Indian language support & packages, relevant for use in the Government domain. This release aims more at enhancing the user interface with more glossy themes and is coupled with latest applications from the community. BOSS Linux 5.0 comes with the latest Kernel 3.10 and also supports Intel 32 bit & 64 bit architectures.
The OS has an on-screen keyboard, which supports a variety of Indian languages, thanks to the Smart Common Input Method tool that supports Unicode 6.1. According to the official website, this helps ensure that even those users who aren’t well versed in English, will be able to use a computer effectively. The OS also comes with the Orca Screen Reader as well as Magnifier & E-Speak to help those with visual impairments. Another version of the BOSS OS, called EduBOSS has been designed for students and teachers. It comes with a number of educational applications for students at primary and higher levels.
Debian is “the Seed over which BOSS GNU/Linux is grown”. Debian GNU/Linux is an Operating system that is comprised of Free and Open source software. Debian GNU/Linux is the result of a volunteer effort to create a free, high-quality Unix-compatible operating system, complete with a suite of applications. Debian was declared in the year 1993 and it is still growing with developer who are technically competent and many more volunteers and contributors.
The BOSS OS is expected to be handed over to department of electronics and information technology (DEITY) to further smooth rough edges and ready it for the use of government ministries.