KITE Brings Out FOSS-Based Operating System

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  • It is based on the Ubuntu free software platform
  • It also has utility packages such as gImage Reader that provides image-to-text conversion

The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) released a new, customised free and open source software (FOSS)-based operating system called KITE GNU-Linux Lite 2020. It will feature on the student laptops being provided as part of the Vidyashree scheme by the State government.

Little KITEs student clubs units in schools

It is based on the Ubuntu free software platform and comes preloaded with software ranging from office packages, language input tools, database applications, DTP-graphics image editing software, sound recording and video editing packages, programming IDEs (integrated development environment), scratch visual programming. It also has utility packages such as gImage Reader that provides image-to-text conversion. It also has a vast collection of Malayalam Unicode fonts and a dedicated English-Malayalam dictionary.

The necessary support mechanisms for providing installation assistance will be arranged through the Little KITEs student clubs units in schools. There is an option of using the Lite version software through a pen drive without the need for actual installation.

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