C-DAC established its centre at Chennai in 2002, to work as a Research & Development centre encompassing the latest technologies and also to provide postgraduate level training in hardware and software technologies, towards its allegiance to build a technically advanced nation.
Working on strengthening national technological capabilities in the area of Free and Open Source Software context of global developments with respect to this, centre represents a unique facet working in close junction with DeitY to realize nation's policy and pragmatic interventions and initiatives in Information Technology.
As a National Resource centre for Free and Open Source Software (NRCFOSS) is setup with the twin roles of bridging the digital divide as well as strengthening the Indian Software industry. The centre has contributed to the growth of FOSS in India through Research & Development, Human Resource Development, Networking & Entrepreneurship development, as well as, serve as the reference point for all FOSS related activities in the country. Bharat Operating System Solutions (BOSS) GNU/Linux distribution developed by C-DAC for enhancing the use of Free/ Open Source Software throughout India. 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. The other areas focuses are Software as Service (SaaS), Ubiquitous Computing, Cloud Computing and Education and Training.