Welcome India’s own Operating System – Bharat Operating System Solutions (BOSS)
After the successful launch of the Digital India and Make in India initiatives by PM Modi’s government, this new OS is targeted to prevail over the vulnerabilities existing in government cyberspace under threat from the Chinese hackers in the past.
The latest version of BOSS, which is soon to be released is code-named ‘Anoop’ and will be the successor to BOSS 5.0 code-named as ‘Anokha’. The latest version was built using the Linux Platform with the help of Gujarat Technical University, DRDO and other private computer manufacturers. This OS will be available in 18 languages including regional languages such as Assamese, Malayalam, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati and other major Indian languages.
BOSS was initially developed in 2007 by National Resource Centre for Free/Open Source Software (NRCFOSS) of India. At that time, it was available as a free and open source operating system. However its unpopularity was due to lack of adoption and faster upgrades offered by other operating systems. The earlier version was also less user-friendly and had few features as compared to the latest version.
Cyber-attack threat overcome:
The revamped version of BOSS is considered as a vital step by the Centre towards having its own secure operating system. During the past three months of trial undertaken by several government agencies including the Army intelligence, the highly improvised version of BOSS successfully resisted all attempts of cyber-attacks highlighting its efficiency as a secure OS.
“It answers government’s need to have a fully secure network. Fresh codes unique to the system have been written for the OS. Its source code that makes it safe and secure will have to be guarded at all cost,” sources said.
India is said to be the most probed nation by the US intelligence agencies as revealed by the Snowden reports. When compared to countries like China which started carrying out R&D on new forms of attacks like the Smart dust, Nano technologies and Al, India still lagged behind. Empowered with BOSS, India can now secure both individual computers and the network.
The latest BOSS OS has 3.14 GNOME and desktop environment version 3.4. It features the latest Kernel 3.16 and will support Intel’s architecture 64-bit/32-bit, 32-bit Intel GPU as well as 3D desktop along with numerous other features. The upgraded version has more or less all the features and ease of Microsoft Windows, with an on-screen keyboard which will support all major languages of India.
C-DAC has included some other features like Unicode 7, Ocra Screen Reader, E-speak and Magnifier, these additional features are added for visually damaged people so that they can effectively use the system.
EduBOSS- the next version:
The next version of the OS is the EduBOSS, which will be launched by the Indian government catering to the needs of teachers and students. EduBOSS will be empowered with all the key educational tools and applications essential at the primary, secondary and higher education levels.
Courtesy: NITI CENTRAL
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