Dr S Srinivasan, project scientist at Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), in Chennai, stressed the need to promote and use open source software for their distinct advantages in the areas of education, business and administration.
Addressing the inaugural function of the six-day national workshop on ‘Network Tools and Open Source’, he said the Bharat Operating Systems Solutions (BOSS) Linux Operating System, developed by NRCFOSS National Resource Centre for Free/Open Source Software) of C-DAC was now available in 22 Indian languages. He said C-DAC had tied up with Saudi Arabia for a venture in their national language.
Dr V Prithiviraj, dean of School of Engineering and Technology, presided over the function. The workshop was inaugurated by prof J A K Tareen, vice-chancellor of Pondicherry University.
Tareen said the university had requested the Ministry of Human Resource Development to supply about 6,000 Akash tablets to its students at subsidised rates.