“BOSS (Bharat Operating System Solutions) GNU/Linux distribution developed by C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) derived from Debian for enhancing the use of Free/ Open Source Software throughout India.The Beta Release of BOSS GNU/Linux Version 5.0 is coupled with GNOME Desktop Environment with wide Indian language support & packages, relevant for use in the Government domain. This release aims more at the security part and comes with an easy to use application to harden your Desktop. Currently BOSS GNU/Linux Desktop is available in all the Official 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.”
I’ve copied above contents from BOSS Linux site. In this blog I’ve shared the screenshots of installation which exactly resembles typical Debian OS install. My base OS is Debian 8 🙂 I’ve tried BOSS on Oracle Virtualbox.
I’ve downloaded the ISO image of BOSS Linux v.6 from this link
Below screenshot shows the Oracle Virtualbox console. I’ve clicked on “New” and named the Virtual Machine (VM) as BossLinux, Type as Linux and Version as Other Linux(64 bit)
I’ve selected Country as India and selected keyboard layout as “US English”Given host name as ‘boss’ and default values are selected through out rest of installation steps of partitioning the disk. After disk partitioning, installation of system started and completed successfully. Selected GRUB as boot loader and installed it on /dev/sda1 partition (Infact we created only 1 partition)Login Screen looks stunning!! BTW BOSS Linux logo or moscot is very similar to Apple MAC… may be I could be wrong 🙂Desktop looks awesome, well placed BOSS banner. A typical GNOME desktop with nice wallpaper! As we can see Network Manager and PulseAudio are already installed as part of OS installation.
Most of the packages installed are generally available in other distros expect for the two packages ‘Boss Bulk Document Converter’ and ‘Boss Presentation Tool’ which are included as part of office suite apps.As mentioned in the beginning of the blog, Indian language packs are pre-installed and ready to use. Below screenshot shows a document with Kannada along with a simple to use / refer on-screen keyboard ‘EazyKeyboard’. Similarly other languages are also available
I hope this could come in handy while you use / refer this blog for exploring this Indian made OS derived from Debian OS. Thanks for reading and follow my blog for regular updates.