October 10, 2011


Bharat Operating System Solutions (BOSS) is a free and open source computer operating system developed by the National Resource Centre for Free/Open Source Software (NRCFOSS) of India. This software is also known by the acronym BOSS GNU/Linux or simply BOSS Linux. The latest version of this operating system, BOSS GNU/Linux Version 4.0, was released in February 2011. This software package has been described as "India's own PC operating system" the most meaningful product to come out of the Indian software industry in decades — and a work that a government department had done.. This is however hollow posturing because the operating system is based on Linux and Free and Open Source Software, which is produced by thousands of developers worldwide.
The software has also been endorsed by the Government of India for adoption and implementation on a national scale. 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. Debian uses the Linux kernel (the core of an operating system), but most of the basic operating system tools in Debian come from the GNU Project; hence the appendages GNU/Linux to Debian and BOSS. The product is free software in the sense in which the term is used by the Free Software Foundation, and it is distributed under the GNU General Public License. The latest desktop version of BOSS GNU/Linux is fully localised to eighteen Indian languages.