India Operating System Replace Windows?
When it comes to Make in India mission, then why only manufacturing and services? Indian Government wants to use Make in India operating systems as well. In a new development, it has been revealed that Indian Govt. may replace Microsoft Windows Operating System across all offices with their own, open source OS called Bharat Operating System Solutions . For the last three months, vigorous testing was in progress, and the results are satisfactory. In fact, even Indian Army couldn’t break the code of BOSS.
Bharat Operating System Solutions is a GNU/Linux distribution developed by C-DAC, Chennai in order to benefit the usage of Free/Open Source Software in India. BOSS GNU/Linux is a key deliverable of NRCFOSS. It has enhanced Desktop Environment integrated with Indian language support and other softwares.
This week, a high level meeting will be conducted by Union Home Ministry, and a higher, advanced version of Bharat Operating System Solutions would be unveiled. Announcements regarding replacing Windows OS can be taken during this meeting.
This goes perfectly in line with earlier Govt. order making it mandatory to use only open source software in Govt. offices.
Developed by National Resource Centre for Free/Open Source Software (NRCFOSS) of India at Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Chennai, BOSS is an open source, Linux based OS. First launched in 2007, the current version of BOSS is 5.0., code named ‘Anokha’.
It can support 20 Indian languages, and has been developed keeping in mind various security and operational issues, which are especially relevant for Indian usage. Often described as ‘India’s own PC operating system’, BOSS has been endorsed by the Indian Govt. for adaption and implementation on a large scale.
Linux Foundation has already certified BOSS as per Linux Standard Base standard.
BOSS had been initially developed for desktop PC usage; it is not yet clear whether it will run on mobile devices as well.
- BOSS1.0 (Tarang) – released in January 2006
- BOSS 2.0 (Anant) – released in September 2007
- BOSS 3.0 (Tejas) – released in September 2008
- BOSS 4.0 (savir) – released in April 2011
- BOSS 5.0 (anokha) Kernel – 3.2 GNOME 3.4 desktop Libreoffice 4.0 – released in Sep 2013
- Current Version BOSS 6.0 (anoop) – Kernel 3.16 , 3.14 GNOME desktop , Libreoffice
Bharat Operating System Solutions was initially launched in 2007, but it saw poor adaption across Govt. offices and departments. In fact, last year when Orissa Primary Education Programme Authority required an OS for 15,000 computers across 3000 schools in the state, they chose Suse Linux OS, as Bharat Operating System Solutions proved to be ineffective for mass scale implementation.
However, the newest version which would be unveiled later this week, has been infused with new codes, and new functionalities, which seems promising. The newer version has been developed by DRDO, Gujarat Technical University and assistance of several private computer geeks has been taken.
We will keep you updated as more details come in regarding this new Make in India initiative.