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KITE releases new FOSS based OS Suit bundled with numerous software for masses

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 21 (UNI) On ‘International Mother Language Day’, KITE (Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education) of Kerala Government has released new customised FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) based Operating System -- the ‘KITE GNU-Linux Lite 2020’, for the benefits of millions of computer users in the state.
The same Operating System (OS) suit would feature in lakhs of the Student Laptops that is being provided as part of the ‘Vidyasree project’ of the Government of Kerala.
Completely based on an Ubuntu Free Software platform, the new version of the OS comes pre-loaded with a bunch of software ranging from office packages, language input tools, Database applications, DTP- Graphics Image Editing software, Sound Recording and Video editing packages, Programming IDEs, Scratch Visual Programming etc.
In addition to internationally acclaimed educational software such as GeoGebra, PhEt and GCompris,the OS suit also features several utility packages like G-Image reader which provides the image to text conversion. Further, to boost Malayalam Computing, a vast collection of Malayalam Unicode Fonts and a dedicated English-Malayalam dictionary is also included in the lite version.
“Unlike commonly seen Ubuntu based packages, the new LIite version OS has been developed in such a way that it can be even installed in Computers with less computing power by effectively utilizing its storage space and thereby providing all packages integrated in it. The KITE GNU LINUX LITE-2020 can be freely downloaded from the website of KITE www.kite.kerala.gov.in," K Anvar Sadath, CEO, KITE, said on Sunday.
Necessary support mechanisms for providing installation assistance would be set-up through the Little KITEs students clubs units in schools, established by KITE as part of Hi-Tech School project.
The availability of variety of educational and utility based software in the Operating System makes it useful not for the students but for DTP centers, Common Service Centers ( CSC), Software developers, College students and general public as it is freely downloaded and can be shared without any restrictions.
The installation file of the Operating System has a file size of 2.5 GB and only requires 12 GB of installation space. There is an option of using the Lite version software through a pen-drive without the need of actual installation.
By having installed the FOSS based Operating System in over 2 lakh Laptops deployed in State schools as part of the Hi-Tech projects, KITE had earlier provided an estimated savings of Rs 3000 Cr for the State Exchequer.
More than the financial savings part, the adoption of Free Software proved as a crucial element to strengthen the digital education in the State.
All the First Bell Digital Classes broadcast through the KITE VICTERS channel, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic period and which is still continuing, used the FOSS based video-editing applications even at KITE’s District Offices as part of regional content development process. All these facilities are now being extended to general public free of cost through KITE GNU-Linux Lite 2020.
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