BOSS: India’s answer to Microsoft Windows

Indian government is all set to release a new operating system named BOSS (Bharat Operating System Solutions), this locally developed operating system can replace other operating systems in the future such as Microsoft Windows in the country.

BOSS is a free and open source Linux distribution, which was initially developed in 2007 by NRCFOSS (National Resource Centre for Free/Open Source Software) at Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Chennai India.

BOSS is currently available in 18 Indian languages such as: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and Sanskrit. Availability in these languages would help the system to be adopted nationwide as non-English users will be able to use and fully utilize the system and computers overall.

From its latest release in 2013, BOSS has been extensively modified with the help of Gujarat Technical University and DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) to meet the needs of the government and to make the operating system more secure and stable.

As far as security is concerned, several national security agencies like Indian Military Intelligence have been testing the operating system for any security vulnerabilities, and the good news, no security vulnerability has been found yet.

Additionally, BOSS is yet to be handed over to the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) for further improvements and ready the system for government use.

BOSS will help us secure our national networks to prevent intruders such as US intelligence agencies from monitoring our systems. It was previously reported/leaked by Edward Snowden, that India is the most examined nation by international intelligence agencies.

This is a major step by the Indian government towards digitization of India, and will help us develop more secure and stable systems in the future.

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