Boss :- Bharat Operating System Solutions
Boss is an operating system developed by Indian government which will replace all the computer system of govt offices running on windows os to Boss os!
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 (BOSS). 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.
This week, a high level meeting will be conducted by Union Home Ministry, and a higher, advanced version of BOSS 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.
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 throughout India. BOSS GNU/Linux is a key deliverable of NRCFOSS.It has enhanced Desktop Environment integrating Indian language support and other packages that are relevant for use in the Indian government domain. BOSS makes it easier for Microsoft Windows user to migrate to GNU/Linux platform, by providing outstanding features like bulk document converter, presentation tool and also features like plug and play. BOSS is customized for the ease of use in Educational Domains (schools & colleges) and variants are available to suit Enterprise users (Server Edition).
But Why BOSS Now?
As per Edward Snowden’s leaked cables, India is one of the most watched, and scrutinized nations of the world; especially by US and China. We have observed how Chinese hackers are able to break into Indian Government’s servers easily, and steal crucial information.
By replacing Windows with BOSS, Indian Govt. can aim for greater protection and more security of its data.
Challenges with BOSS
BOSS 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 BOSS 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