BOSS – Bharat Operating System Solutions

Bharat Operating System Solutions (BOSS) which is real work being done to support Sanskrit, other Indian languages and other softwares. BOSS is an Indian GNU/Linux distribution developed by C-DAC and is customized to suit the Indian needs. BOSS GNU/Linux is a key deliverable of NRCFOSS.

There are server, desktop and educational version of BOSS available. The desktop version of BOSS is called BOSS Desktop and the education version is called EduBOSs. The latest release of the BOSS Desktop and EduBOSS is BOSS version 6, named Anoop, which uses the GNOME Desktop Environment 3.14. BOSS Desktop has many provisions for user of Indian languages. Currently, 18 Indian languages are supported by BOSS Desktop including Sanskrit, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.

With Bharat Operating System Solutions Indian languages can be taken as a input. An input method call Ibus provides on-screen display for input method switching involving character sets of different Indian languages. The Orca screen read is enabled to read out the text on the screen. But when Indian languages are read by Orca, the accent is slightly anglicised. Let us hope future version of BOSS will give better performance.

The educational version which is called as EduBOSS, is customised for Indian schools. There are many games available with EduBOSS. These games can be further modified to help children learn Sanskrit. For example, the game called Gbrainy offers a variety of mathematical problems. These game can be modified to include Vedic Mathematical problems. Similarly, the KDE based game Kanagram, which offers puzzles based on English anagrams, can be modified to include Sanskrit anagrams. I hope somebody will take up this challenge and modify these games, so that a lot of children can have the best of both worlds – that of Sanskrit and open source software.

Bharat Operating System Solutions i.e. BOSS GNU/Linux is available in the following languages of India:

Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit

Some of the previous versions of Bharat Operating System Solutions

BOSS 5.0 codenamed anokha, comes with many new applications mainly focused on enhanced Security and User friendliness. The distribution includes over 12800 new packages, for a total of over 37493 packages. Most of the software in the distribution has been updated: over 20160 software packages (this is 70% of all packages in savir). BOSS 5.0 supports Linux Standard Base (LSB) version 4.1 The new version features XBMC Media center to allow the user to easily browse and view videos, photos, podcasts, and music from a hard drive, optical disc, local network, and the internet.

BOSS 4.0 is coupled with GNOME and KDE Desktop Environment with wide Indian language support and packages, relevant for use in the government domain. Currently BOSS GNU/Linux Desktop is available in almost all the Indian Languages such as Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, 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.