COMPARATIVE EVALUATION OF BOSS (BHARAT OPERATING SYSTEM SOLUTIONS, A FREE/OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE, DEVELOPED BY INDIA) VERSUS M.S. WINDOWS, A PROPRIETARY SOFTWARE TO ASSIST INDIAN ORGANISATIONS TO SELECT THE BETTER OPTION

Sushil Kumar, Dr. Rajiv Mahaja, Dr. Sumesh Sood

Abstract


According to [1]Framework for Adoption of Open Source Software in e-Governance Systems Version 1.0 April 2015, prescribed by Department of Electronics and I. T., Ministry of Communications and I. T. , Government of India , Annexure-II Illustrative list of OSS includes Icedtea, PHP, HTML, libre office, open office, Koha, evergreen, Gimp, evince, clamav, Bresero, CloudStack, Meghdoot , Ubuntu and BOSS. As per the recommendations of Govt of India the organizations should prefer the softwares of FOSS category but according to [2] Red Hat – Georgia Tech study ranked the top countries in FOSS adoption. India is at twenty third rank out of 75 countries studied. It means that the apeal of our former scholar president APJ Abdul Kalam, to Embrace open source philosophy[3] has not been followed properly... It is being said that Government’s OS BOSS is dying a slow death due to lack of patronage[4]. In the above scenario BOSS (Bharat Opearting System Solution) , a free n open source software has been picked up for analysis and its comparison with corresponding proprietary software i.e. MS Windows. In this paper these two operating systems has been studied, analysed, compared on the basis of experiments, surveys using questionnaires, study of previous research outputs in form of research papers and phd thesis’. MS windows may be better in many aspects than B.O.S.S but at many points B.O.S.S. may be better and it may be improved if used and feedback supplied regularly. The practical implementation has been performed on these two operating systems for exploring the features like file system, language support, disk partitioning and CPU usage.Also users feedback has also been collected using questionnaire and analysed.

Keywords: Microsoft, Windows, BOSS, FOSS, adoption etc.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.26483/ijarcs.v8i1.2854

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