Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has launched K?ITE GNU-Linux Lite 2020, a free software operating system suite on World Mother Language Day. This is an updated version of free software deployed in schools. It will also be used on government Vidyasree laptops.
The same Operating System (OS) suit would feature in lakhs of the student laptops that are being provided as part of the Vidyasree project of the State Government. 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 to DTP- Graphics Image Editing software and so on.
The availability of a 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.
In addition to internationally acclaimed educational software such as GeoGebra, PhEt and GCompris,the OSsuitalso 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. The KITE GNU LINUX LITE-2020 can be freely downloaded from the website www.kite.kerala.gov.in.