BOSS 6 – Bharat Operating System Solutions

“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)

Screenshot from 2015-09-20 09-16-36Below screenshot I’ve set the RAM / Memory as 2048 MB (2GB)

Screenshot from 2015-09-20 09-17-47Creating a Hard Disk File: I’ve selected as VDI which is a default option in Virtualbox. We can also use VMDK to make compatible with VMWare Workstation or Server

Screenshot from 2015-09-20 09-18-51I’ve created HD file with the name as ‘BossLinux’ having size 8 GB. I know thats too small but sufficient enough for testing

Screenshot from 2015-09-20 09-19-35 After following the wizard, BossLinux VM is created. I’ve selected the path of BossLinux ISO downloaded from the above mentioned link and mounted it.Screenshot from 2015-09-20 09-20-08Boss Linux Live DVD Welcome Screen 🙂

Screenshot from 2015-09-20 09-21-13I’m surprised to see that there is only English is available during the installation process unlike Debian which offers multilingual…

Screenshot from 2015-09-20 09-21-53I’ve selected Country as India and selected keyboard layout as “US English”Screenshot from 2015-09-20 09-22-28Given 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.Screenshot from 2015-09-20 09-23-29 Screenshot from 2015-09-20 09-24-32Screenshot from 2015-09-20 09-24-50Screenshot from 2015-09-20 09-25-10Selected GRUB as boot loader and installed it on /dev/sda1 partition (Infact we created only 1 partition)Screenshot from 2015-09-20 09-29-49Login Screen looks stunning!! BTW BOSS Linux logo or moscot is very similar to Apple MAC… may be I could be wrong 🙂Screenshot from 2015-09-20 09-33-09Desktop 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.

Screenshot from 2015-09-20 10-00-30Most 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.Screenshot from 2015-09-20 10-03-49As 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

Screenshot from 2015-09-20 10-40-00OS updates are already available and free… If you’re familiar with Debian based distros, then the same steps are followed.

apt-get update

Screenshot from 2015-09-20 10-44-41A dedicated mirror/servers are available to download security and app updates.

apt-get upgrade

Screenshot from 2015-09-20 10-48-26These are things which I noticed / explored so far alongside working on office stuff, weekend shopping and baby sitting…

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.

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2 thoughts on “BOSS 6 – Bharat Operating System Solutions

  1. Murugan

    This is the error message that I received, when i tried to rum Boss6 Linux on my Virtual box :
    “This kernel requires the following features not present on the cpu : pae …… Unable to boot – please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU.”

    I then powered down the VirtualBox and went to “Settings” -> “System” -> “Processor”, and enabled PAE/NX.

    1. Hi Murugan – I hope you have enabled Virtualization Technology option in the Computer’s BIOS. Also, make sure to download 32/ 64 bit which is compatible to your computer’s hardware.

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