BOSS 5.0

The latest Release of BOSS GNU/Linux Version 5.0 codenamed as Anokha is coupled with GNOME Desktop Environment 3.4 version with wide Indian language support & packages, relevant for use in the Government domain. This release aims more at enhancing the user interface with many new applications mainly focused on enhanced Security and User friendliness.

BOSS Linux 5.0 features the latest Kernel 3.10, Supports Intel 32 bit & 64 bit architectures, a 3D desktop environment, Graphic installer, Office application software suite Libreoffice 4.1, Internet access software (Re-branded Firefox, email, chat etc,.), and file sharing / converter and multimedia applications.

The desktop comes with a on-screen keyboard with Indian language support. The Smart Common Input Method tool provides input mechanism for Indian languages Unicode 6.1 support. Currently BOSS GNU/Linux Desktop supports all the Official Indian Languages such as Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Bodo, Urdu, Kashmiri, Maithili, Konkani, Manipuri which will enable the mainly non-English literate users in the country to be exposed to ICT and to use the computer more effectively.

The Orca Screen reader and Magnifier & E-Speak applications helps the people with visual impairments for using the BOSS desktop. The Bulk document converter helps people to easily migrate from other Operating system to BOSS GNU / Linux.

Installation system

Major changes done in BOSS 5.0 Installation system from BOSS 4.0. The updates include

  • Minimized Installation time with new Debian live install mechanism
  • Default file system is updated to Ext4 from ext3
  • Software Speech support for the whole installation
  • More hardware support in the installer
  • New IPV6 configuration support during installation

Application Updates

The major updates in BOSS 5.0 Anokha from savir version are :

  • X.Org 7.5 to X.Org 7.7.
  • Kernel updated from 2.6.39 to 3.10 latest versions with
    1. more drivers support
    2. RAM support till 4 GB
  • A major shift in
    1. GNOME desktop environment updated from 2.30.2 to 3.4.2 with GNOME shell support coupled with major extensions.
    2. Xfce is updated from 4.6 to 4.8
    3. KDE desktop environment updated from 4.4.5 to 4.8.4
  • Office updated from Openoffice 3.2.1 to LibreOffice 4.1
    1. Inbuilt dictionaries and hunspell support
    2. OpenXML document support
    3. Support for wide Libreoffice extensions
  • Major update in Iceweasel web browser updated from 3.6 to 23.0
  • Mail client updated from Icedove 3.0.7 to Evolution 3.4.3
  • GIMP is updated from 2.6 to 2.8 with new plugins
  • Totem movie player is replaced by VLC 2.0.3
  • Brasero dvd burner is replaced by K3b 2.0.2
  • Photo Manager is updated from Fspot to Shotwell
  • Xsane Scanning program is replaced by Simple scan utility

Newer Applications

Many newer applications are added in this new release to enhance the user experience.
GNUCash a personal and small-business financial-accounting software to extend the use of BOSS GNU / Linux to SMEs. The new version features XBMC Media center to allow the user to easily browse and view videos, photos, pod-casts, and music from a hard-drive, optical disc, local network, and the Internet. Other new additions include

  • Deja dup – Simple backup utility
  • Gpaint – Small easy to use painting program
  • Hardinfo – System Profiler and benchmark tool
  • Sushi – A new previewing application which gets activate on pressing space bar.
  • Many new attractive puzzles and games


The new BOSS 5.0 is Multiarch. It lets you install packages from multiple architectures on the same machine. This is useful in various ways, but the most common is installing both 64 and 32-bit software on the same machine and having dependencies correctly resolved automatically.


GNOME has undergone a major interface rewrite in the upgrade to version 3.4. The traditional GNOME panel has been replaced by the “shell”, an innovative interface with major usability improvements.

GNOME features dynamic workspaces, on-screen keyboard (Caribou), instant messaging built into the interface and integration with the GNOME keyring and PolicyKit. The default desktop environment is set as “GNOME Classic” session at the login prompt. It brings an improved version of the traditional panel. You can also edit the panel to add more applets, by using the hidden alt+right click combination.

The GNOME Control center is replaced by the new enhanced “System Settings ”. All the System preferences for managing Personal, Hardware and System related applications are kept in one place. The system wide authentication mechanism is replaced by GNOME Policykit manager, thus giving the maximum power to the sudo users.

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