Corporate Reporter

Signs MoU with States for deploying the system

To extend support service through help desk

CHENNAI: C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing), has announced the launch of Bharat Operating Systems Solutions (BOSS) GNU/Linux version 3.0, a linux based operating system (OS) in 18 Indian languages. BOSS GNU/Linux is a key deliverable of the National Resource Centre for free/open source software (NRCFOSS). The OS is endowed with Bluetooth for short range communications along with salient features such as RSS feed reader and PDF viewer to edit documents.

Addressing presspersons here on Friday, M. R. Rajagopalan, Director, C-DAC, said BOSS being a free software, would help reduce the IT spends and would be most beneficial to the end-users and the organisations that adopted this software.

S. Ramakrishnan, Director General, C-DAC, who interacted with presspersons via video conferencing from Pune, said several State Governments had recognised the advantages of using open source software. C-DAC had also entered into a pact with National Informatics Centre and State Governments of Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Bihar for deploying BOSS for their e-governance projects.

Witnessing the encouraging response from government organisations, C-DAC had initiated 3-tier support centre and had plans to extend support service to its customers through a 24x7 help desk, Mr. Ramakrishnan said.

He said C-DAC was redesigning the e-governance framework by its offerings to the government organisations. SaaS (software as a service), was emerging as a suitable model for many organisations to create a more flexible base for supporting the business. C-DAC was aiming to broaden the facility of its data centre to government organisations, which might not have adequate facilities to set up or the requisite technical manpower in the field of IT.

The Chennai centre is working on development for SaaS delivery stack based on model driven architecture. Besides, it has taken up the initiative in cloud computing (a technology that will reduce costs through improved utilisation) by setting up a laboratory.