Worldwide, computers communicate in native languages, at least figuratively. The Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Europeans and the Russians have long had their own local language applications running on supported or native operating systems for many years now.
Albeit a late entrant, looks like we are catching up. C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) launched the latest version of our desi (GNU) linux edition BOSS version 3.0 codename Tejas. This version features GNOME 2.20 ,KDE 3.5 with Kernel 2.6.22-3-486. Developed by the NRCFOSS (National Resource Centre for Free/Open Source Software) team, BOSS stands for Bharat Operating Systems Solutions.
The 3D desktop screen look neat and retains the ease and convenience of a GUI. This edition features a full Graphical mode installer and simplified menus. Office productivity will be provided by BharatheeyaaOO, which is a desi version of OpenOffice.org 2.0.1. There is a bulk document converter for added convenience. PDF reader, instant messaging , Firefox 3.0, firewall, samba, ftp et all are standard.
Multimedia support is good with support for video playback, removable media, TV tuner and plug and play devices. Connectivity includes wired and wireless networks and Bluetooth.
Currently BOSS GNU/Linux Desktop is available in almost all the Indian Languages such as Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Bodo, Urdu, Kashmiri, Maithili, Konkani and Manipuri.
So finally it does look like Information Technology will reach even the majority of our non-English countrymen. Share your experience with this edition! You can download the linux distro from http://bosslinux.in/downloads .