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India Greenlights Secure OS Project

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India announced plans to develop its own operating system (OS) for sensitive applications. V.K. Saraswat, director general of India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), says the development and maintenance of India's own OS source code is key to securing the country's computer networks.

DRDO plans to establish software engineering centers in Bangalore and New Delhi, each staffed with about 25 scientists, to work on the project. The agency is partnering with the Indian Institute of Science, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and the Center for Development of Telematics on the OS development project.

The project could be "a fairly costly affair," according to Saraswat, who did not indicate how long development would take. However, he says the OS also could be used commercially.

From EE Times India
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