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BOSS 3.0 release

by Administrator last modified 2008-09-08 13:06

 

C-DAC launches BOSS Version 3.0 and signs a Memorandum of Understanding with NIC

 

 

 

New Delhi, September 4th 2008: Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, C-DAC has launched its Bharat Operating Systems Solutions (BOSS) Linux software version 3.0 developed by NRCFOSS (National Resource Centre for Free/Open Source Software) on Sept 4, 2008 at NIC, New Delhi.

    BOSS version 3.0 is coupled with GNOME and KDE Desktop Environment with wide  Indian language support & packages that are relevant for use in the government domain. The software is also endowed with Bluetooth for short range of communications along with salient features like RSS Feed Reader and PDF Viewer to edit documents.

    The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with National Informatics Center (NIC), to implement BOSS Linux on eGovernance applications developed and maintained by NIC.

    The scope of this strategic alliance between C-DAC and NIC is to implement the latest 3.0 version of BOSS GNU/Linux developed by NRCFOSS in e-Governance applications maintained by NIC. The latest 3.0 version of BOSS has a series of additional features such as GNOME, KDE desktop environment, Bulk Document Converter and supports 18 desktop Indian languages. The software is also endowed with Bluetooth for short range of communications along with salient features like RSS Feed Reader and PDF Viewer to edit documents.

    Most of the government computer users require software for common tasks like office applications (Word processor, spread sheet), accessing the Internet and multimedia in a secured environment. However, to bring it on every desk the software should be low cost and preferably without any licensing fees. At this scenario, free and open source software like BOSS can meet these requirements as it is free for use and can be freely copied, modified and distributed. It can also be easily localized to meet local needs and language. BOSS is also relatively immune to common computer viruses, worms and spy ware. BOSS Linux is targeted at the government user initially. The ultimate objective of creating BOSS Linux is to enable the non-English literate people of India, to be exposed to the benefits of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and GNU/Linux. With the BOSS Version 3.0, which has been localized to Indian languages, more people will turn to FOSS as an alternative to using illegal unlicensed proprietary software.

    The accessibility of BOSS Linux will have a constructive impact on the digital divide in India as more people can now have access to software in their local language to use the Internet and other information and communications technology (ICT) facilities. Community Information centres (CIC’s) and Internet cafes will also benefit from BOSS Linux as this software can be utilized to power these outlets and it is affordable and easy to install, use and support.

 


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