Tamil Nadu Goes With GNU/Linux

There was a bit of dithering, but Tamil Nadu has decided to use GNU/Linux on students’ computers and all computers run by the state, effective Nov. 14, 2011.

This is the beginning of the end of that other OS in India. When the central government recommends GNU/Linux and anoints a particular distro and a leading state(1) follows through, you can bet a lot of businesses, individuals and students will take note and follow the leader.

“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 4.0 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”

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So, Brazil, Russia, India and China, all hotbeds of IT growth, have all adopted GNU/Linux, officially. The world is a better place and they have made the right choice.

BRIC countries combined make 2868 million people, more than a third of Earth. This is where most of the growth in IT is to be found. They love small cheap computers and GNU/Linux. As fast as they are developing, they will develop even faster if they choose not to allow their future to be limited by M$. They will maximize opportunities for their own people to benefit from and contribute to FLOSS. I am pleased that BOSS is based on Debian GNU/Linux so it has a very sound basis strengthened by a serious localization effort. Amen.

Note (1)
Tamil Nadu is the eleventh largest state in India by area and the seventh most populous state. It is the fourth largest contributor (as of 2010)[4] to India’s GDP and ranks tenth in Human Development Index as of 2006.[2] Tamil Nadu is also the most urbanised state in India.[5] The state has the highest number (10.56%) of business enterprises and stands second in total employment (9.97%) in India,[6] compared to the population share of about 6%.[7][8]”

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