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Government launches own operating system replacing Windows for official use

  • The government has launched its own operating system, Bharat
    Operating System Solutions (BOSS), a linux-based distribution for official use,
    in a bid to safeguard against potential cyber attacks.
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    • The government has launched its own operating system, Bharat
      Operating System Solutions (BOSS), a linux-based distribution for official use,
      in a bid to safeguard against potential cyber attacks.
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    • The OS was launched by the Centre for Development of
      Advanced Computing and built with the help of DRDO, Gujarat Technical
      University and private computer manufacturers.
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    • The platform has been developed with the intention to
      replace Windows and other operating systems in government offices and schools
      as a more secure system. The BOSS team claims it can be used as a regular OS in
      cyber cafes and homes as well, especially as it supports multiple Indian
      languages.
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    • The OS, initially developed by the National Resource Centre
      for Free and Open Source Software in 2007, is a linux distro tailored for use
      in India. The platform claims to support 18 Indian languages including
      Assamese, Marathi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Konkani, Malayalam and Kannada other than
      English.
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    • The last released version of BOSS was in 2013. The OS is
      certified by the Linux Standard Base.
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    • The government had also said in March it would soon come out
      with an ‘Open Software Policy’, under which all proposals for e-governance
      projects would include a mandatory clause for considering open source software
      as a preferred option.
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    • Minister for Telecommunications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad had
      said suppliers and vendors would have to provide justification for exclusion of
      OSS in their responses.
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    • The Department of Electronics and Information Technology had
      released a framework  on open source
      software adoption in e-governance systems in September 2013. This document
      outlined the various factors such as cost effectiveness, enhanced competition,
      minimized piracy, wider choices and technological compatibility based on
      standards as reasons for the government to adopt OSS to fulfill its software
      requirements.

     

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