C-DAC inks pact with NIC for e-Governance applications

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New Delhi, Sept 4 (UNI) Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Informatics Center (NIC) for implementation of a new software ''BOSS Linux'' on e-Governance projects.

''Under the MoU, C-DAC will implement the latest version of Bharat Operating Systems Solutions (BOSS) Linux in selected eGovernance projects maintained by NIC,'' C-DAC Director M R Rajagopalan told reporters here.

The latest version of the programme has a series of additional features such as GNOME, KDE desktop environment, bulk document converter and supports 18 desktop Indian languages.

The software is also endowed with Bluetooth for short range of communications along with features like RSS Feed Reader and PDF Viewer to edit documents.

''This MoU is a significant step in our e-governance initiatives in the country and a ratification of our continued commitment to develop open source, with Linux,'' he said.

The agreement would also encourage the procurement of Linux-compatible devices for the use of e-Governance applications.

The NIC will identify suitable e-Governance applications for deployment of BOSS and utilise C-DAC's expertise in Linux software, while C-DAC will, in turn, support telephonic, e-mail and portal delivery mechanism for the eGovernance program of NIC.

Most of the government computer users require software for common tasks like office applications (Word processor, spread sheet), accessing the Internet and multimedia in a secured environment.

However, with cost as an important factor, a free and open source software like BOSS can meet these requirements offering the same in a cost effective manner.

C-DAC is an autonomous scientific society of the Department of Information Technology, Government of India and is primarily an R &D institution involved in the design, development and deployment of advanced Information Technology (IT)-based solutions.

NIC, also a part of the DoIT, provides network backbone and e-Governance support to the Centre, state governments, and other government bodies.

It also assists in implementing Information Technology Projects in government projects.

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