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   C-DAC launches BOSS Linux version 3.0  
  C-DAC launches BOSS Linux version 3.0 and signs a Memorandum of Understanding with NIC
New Delhi, September 04, 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 DeitY, New Delhi.

BOSS (Bharat Operating System Solutions) is a GNU/Linux distribution developed by NRCFOSS for enhancing the use of Free and Open Source Software in the country. The NRCFOSS is promoted by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, MC&IT, Government of India to address the issues related to FOSS in the Indian context and to explore how FOSS can play the twin roles of helping to bridge the digital divide as well as strengthening the Indian software industry.

BOSS V 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 Centre (NIC), to implement BOSS Linux on e-Governance 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.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri. S. Ramakrishnan, Former Director General, C-DAC said, "C-DAC is committed on developing software solutions that are technologically advanced, yet providing value to Indian user community. Our constant endeavor to increase the adoption of computing among a wide cross section of Indian users, especially those in government first time users and Indian language centric users. NRCFOSS has achieved another milestone by launching the advanced version of BOSS. The accessibility of BOSS V 3.0 in government organizations, SME's and educational institutions will further increase usability and help bridge the digital divide in India as the software can now support 18 desktop languages."

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 offering the same in a cost effective manner even as FOSS based platforms and solutions are gaining increasing adoption worldwide, C-DAC endeavors to bring FOSS based platforms, tools and solutions to Indian market place. 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 V 3.0, which has been localized to 18 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.

About C-DAC : Established in 1988, C-DAC, the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing is an autonomous scientific society of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Government of India. C-DAC is primarily an R & D institution involved in the design, development and deployment of advanced Information Technology (IT) based solutions. In a little over a decade since inception, C-DAC has developed and supplied a range of high performance parallel computers, known as the PARAM series of supercomputers. C-DAC's development activities in this area have been mission oriented and driven by its mission objectives, both in technology and application developments.

About NIC : National Informatics Centre (NIC) of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology is providing network backbone and e-Governance support to Central Government, State Governments, UT Administrations, Districts and other Government bodies. It offers a wide range of ICT services including Nationwide Communication Network for decentralised planning, improvement in Government services and wider transparency of national and local Governments. NIC assists in implementing Information Technology Projects, in close collaboration with Central and State Governments, in the areas of (a) Centrally sponsored schemes and Central sector schemes, (b) State sector and State sponsored projects, and (c) District Administration sponsored projects. NIC endeavours to ensure that the latest technology in all areas of IT is available to its users.

For further information, please contact :
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing
STPI Facilities Centre,
Ground Floor, No.5
Rajiv Gandhi Salai
Chennai-600 113

Phone : +91-44-22542226