Two New Linux Distros
Two new Linux-based distros have been launched within a span of two weeks. The first one was by the Chennai branch of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) called the BOSS (Bharat Operating System Solutions). The BOSS 2.0 is targetted at the Indian users. It’s available in various regional languages like Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu. Provided C-DAC markets it properly, this could be just the kind of OS needed to bring IT closer to the Indian masses. BOSS is available free of cost. It can be downloaded from the website or a CD can be sourced from of the various C-DAC centres around the country. A full list of the centres is available here. Screenshots of BOSS are available here.
The C-DAC’s effort to develop softwares in regional Indian languages is commendable. However, I think they can improve the marketing of their products. C-DAC can learn a lot from the success of the Ubuntu distro developed by Canonical. I use Ubuntu at home and am more than satisfied with its performance. One thing I can say for sure is that the word-of-mouth plays a key role. And the Internet is the best platform for this. I was introduced to Firefox and Ubuntu by my friends on the Internet.
The other distro launched is a lookalike of the (crappy) Windows Vista. It’s called the Vixta, which sounds a bit corny. But considering the fact that it’s Fedora-based, I am sure it will perform a lot better than Vista. You can check out the details here. The screenshots sure look cool and this could be used to convert a few Windows-victims to Linux.