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Home-grown BOSS to replace Windows in Indian offices?

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  • Bharat Operating System Solutions (BOSS), is India's answer to the vulnerabilities that resulted in the Chinese and the US hack attacks

Apparently, India has been testing a home-grown operating system (OS) for the last three months and reports say it just passed a rigorous crash test, which saw the best minds of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Indian Army and a few other state-owned agencies raking their brains to breach.

Going by reports, this operating system, called Bharat Operating System Solutions (BOSS), is India's answer to the vulnerabilities that resulted in the Chinese and the US hack attacks.

While the primary intention behind the home-grown OS is to make the state I-T machinery as hack-proof as possible, it will also help the country scale down the Windows domination in government offices.

According to its developers, this upgraded version of the 2007-launched indigenous OS will be unveiled to stakeholders within this week and will soon replace the Windows OS, which currently powers most of the computers in state-owned offices in India.

Developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, with inputs from Gujarat Technical University, DRDO and some industry experts, the OS is Linux-based and is said to be as user-friendly as Microsoft Windows.

BOSS was first launched in January 2007, but it paled in comparison to the faster upgrade options and umpteen user-friendly features offered by other operating systems. And it soon faded out. However, the new version is said to have plugged all those drawbacks and is in league with top-notch operating systems.

“We have no dearth of developers here. BOSS has almost all the features that one can get in, say, Windows. The earlier version was less user-friendly and had few features. We will seek help of Indian software biggies to develop it further,” an official in the know of the development of OS was quoted as saying.

BOSS is expected to be handed over to department of electronics and information technology, which will further scan it for operation errors before it prepares it for government use.

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