Educating India In Open Source Way
In India government take many steps and spends crores of rupees in educational sector. presently India is saving crores of rupees by providing Open source software in the Educational Sector. This has been stared in Kerala and they have saved many revenue.
Both cost and language sensitivity of thee Indian market has limited the growth of Computer in the large market of India. Similarly in the educational sector we are behind in Computer education. In both the cases the problem is the cost of the proprietary software and to enable localisation.
Thats why government of India is giving a strong pressure in the direction of development and promotion of Free and OpenSource Software(FOSS), to make it easy for accessible to the people. The benefits of these opensource technologies are – As it has Liberal Licencing Policy which make possible to obtain it for free of charge along with the source code which can be modified by the used as per their requirements.- It can be provided local operating system in many different languages.-It reduces costs, vendor independence, reducing piracy/copyright infringement and increase educational sector.
Here are some steps which government of India-
BOSS– Bharat Operating System Solution(BOSS) is a Linux Distribution, developed by center for Development of Advanced Computing (c-dac) under DIT that support 18 Indian languages including Assamese, bengali, Bodo, Gujrati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, malyalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Oriya,Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. One can download the Desktop and server version from the website (http://bossmirror.in)
EDUBOSS– This has recently came up with BOSS Linux Distributions educational flavor especially for the educational sector for Vertical Education. It comes with some applications like edutainment, paint and photo management application and many educational package including Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology etc. It comes bharat eeya00 suite which is a customized version of Openoffice with 19 different Languages. These contains all applications such as word processor, calc spreadsheet and all others but in different customized languages.
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