India's state Kerala state-owned KITE (Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education) has launched a new operating system (OS) called KITE GNU-Linux Lite 2020.
The OS is a lightweight, customized, free, and open-source OS built on top of the most popular Ubuntu Linux for the benefit of computer users in Kerala state.
KITE also started the same OS will ship in lakhs of the student laptops that are being distributed under the Vidyasree project of the state government.
Many software is preinstalled in the OS like productivity tools, language input tools, Database apps, DTP, image editing, and image-to-text conversion utility. This OS also has internationally acclaimed free educational software suites such as GeoGebra, PhEt, and GCompris.
This OS having a vast collection of Malayalam Unicode Fonts and a dedicated English-Malayalam dictionary in the lite version to boost Malayalam Computing.
With this initiative of installing 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 3,000 crore for the state exchequer.
In 2019, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan launched the world’s largest integrated Free and Open Source IT facility in the government sector, ‘Swatantra.’
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