BOSS - The Indian Linux

Saturday, September 6, 2008

BOSS - The Indian Linux

BOSS Linux

BOSS is here, the Indian Version of Linux.

BOSS (Bharat Operating System Solutions) is a GNU/Linux distribution developed by C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) for enhancing the use of Free/ Open Source Software throughout India. BOSS Linux - a key deliverable of NRCFOSS is an Indian GNU/Linux distribution & currently localized to Tamil / Hindi. Targeting Indian user it is designed as a user-friendly Desktop environment coupled with Indian language support and other packages that are highly relevant for use in the government domain.Subsequent version will support the educational domain as well. The ultimate goal is to localize into all 22 official Indian regional languages. So this benefits non-english speakers to reach technology that bridge digital divide in India.

The BOSS Linux project has given rise to an Indian distribution of GNU/Linux targeted at the government and first-time user. In spite of the constraints on human resources, the team was able to build this Linux distribution in a relatively short time. As BOSS Linux is localized and uses the Indian languages, it should result in getting more local people exposed to ICT and the Internet thereby helping to bridge the digital divide. The project is ongoing and the next release of the software is currently being worked on. Further the repository for BOSS Linux will make it easier to build customized distros based on it as well as by application developers.

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Unknown said...

Four years and not a single comment. This tells the story of linux in India. Sorry state, but true. The Indian markets are full of pirated windows os. People may be getting a thrill of stealing microsoft operating system and then trying hard to stay clear of law and microsoft company as well. But they won't try Linux, which is free, as good as windows, have more features, is more secure and so on. But then this life. Microsoft and windows has a huge advantage of familiarity with masses. Everyone has worked on windows for long time, and everyone has heard of stories ( all false) about how linux is all command based and very very difficult to use. So may be that explains why BOSS doesn't feature in the top 100 list of linux downloads (source whereas in this country of billion plus people it should have been number one operating system.

atoztoa said...


You are absolutely right. I have been using only Linux at home for a year now... it is real kool... most of the people I came across thinks Linux don't have any GUI :)

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