B O S S!!

It’s not about Salman Khan’s Bigg Boss. Here it’s a completely different BOSS: Bharat Operating System Solutions (BOSS) is a free and open source Linux distribution developed by the National Resource Centre for Free/Open Source Software (NRCFOSS) of India. BOSS GNU/Linux is also known by the acronym BOSS.

This software package has been described as “India’s own PC operating system” and “the most meaningful product to come out of the Indian software industry in decades — and a work that a government department has done”.


The software has also been endorsed by the Government of India for adoption and implementation on a national scale. It was developed at Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Chennai INDIA. BOSS GNU/Linux is an “LSB certified” Linux distribution: the software has been certified by the Linux Foundation for compliance with the Linux Standard Base standard. BOSS GNU/Linux is derived from Debian GNU/Linux.

BOSS Linux 6.0 has Kernel 3.16, Supports Intel 32 bit & 64 bit architectures, a 3D desktop environment, Graphic installer, Office application software suite Libreoffice, Internet access software (Firefox, email, chat etc.), and file sharing converter and multimedia applications. This release comes with improved Desktop appealing features that includes Contacts, Documents, Maps, Photos and Music. The All-in-one Notification area notifies the user about Brightness, Networking, System settings all under the same menu.

BOSS GNU/Linux Desktop supports all the Official Indian Languages such as Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Bodo, Urdu, Kashmiri, Maithili, Konkani, Manipuri which will enable the mainly non-English literate users in the country to be exposed to ICT and to use the computer more effectively.

 – Muralidharan

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