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URL: http://www.mit.gov.in/content/free-and-open-source-software

http://www.mit.gov.in/content/free-and-open-source-software

FOSS Initiative Cell, Department of Information Technology, welcomes you to the world of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). FOSS is stipulated by a liberal licensing policy that makes it possible to be obtained free of charge along with the source code, which can then be modified by the user as per requirements. Advantages like increasing interoperability, developing local capacity/ industry, reducing costs, achieving vendor independence, enabling localization, reducing piracy/copyright infringements and increasing growth of knowledge-based society are among the compelling reasons for adopting FOSS. The power and reach of free and open source software can be judged from the fact that most of the internet functions today are mostly grounded on it including the all pervasive e-mails and Web Servers. In many cases it has been observed that FOSS is functionally and qualitatively equivalent to or even superior than the proprietary products.

Department of Information Technology is committed to developing, supporting and promoting Open Source to create an eco-system for an all round promotion of Free/ Open Source Software in India. The notable initiatives toward offering a low cost computing, flexibility and choice to the end users include BOSS desktop and server versions and EduBOSS for schools. BOSS – Bharat Operating System Solutions External website that opens in a new window is a GNU/Linux based localized Operating System distribution that supports 18 Indian languages - Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telegu and Urdu. BOSS is numero uno choice for supporting Government and educational domains with NIC and Indian Navy among its notable users. BOSS has been certified by Linux Foundation and is expected to meet the stringent demands of e-governance.  Currently BOSS is being used for e-governance applications in Chattisgarh and Kerala.

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FOSS Initiative Cell, Department of Information Technology, welcomes you to the world of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). FOSS is stipulated by a liberal licensing policy that makes it possible to be obtained free of charge along with the source code, which can then be modified by the user as per requirements. Advantages like increasing interoperability, developing local capacity/ industry, reducing costs, achieving vendor independence, enabling localization, reducing piracy/copyright infringements and increasing growth of knowledge-based society are among the compelling reasons for adopting FOSS. The power and reach of free and open source software can be judged from the fact that most of the internet functions today are mostly grounded on it including the all pervasive e-mails and Web Servers. In many cases it has been observed that FOSS is functionally and qualitatively equivalent to or even superior than the proprietary products.