Turkey’s domestic operating system, Pardus, is being used in government institutions

The Pardus operating system, which Tübitak has developed for many years and continues to add new features, is becoming widespread in government institutions in Turkey.

The first version of Pardus was offered to users in 2005.

The first studies for the Pardus National Operating System Distribution Project, named after the Anatolian Parliament, started in 2003 within the body of TÜBİTAK Information and Information Security Advanced Technologies Research Center (BİLGEM).

While the Pardus Project was implemented with the team formed within the body of TÜBİTAK National Electronics and Cryptology Research Institute (UEKAE) at the beginning of 2004, the application was aimed to be an operating system that “will meet the basic desktop needs of computer users with information literacy”.

Following the release of the first product, Pardus Working CD 1.0, on February 1, 2005, Pardus 1.0, the first stable version of Pardus, was released on December 27, 2005, and this date was celebrated as Pardus’ birthday.

The goal of the Pardus Project has been updated as of 2012, primarily to ensure the dissemination of open source and free software in the public, and the management of the project carried out by UEKAE in 2004-2011 was transferred to ULAKBİM.

Product target to minimize foreign dependency

The Pardus team has been working on products such as Integrated Cyber Security System Octopus, Central Management System LiderAhenk and Identity Management System Viper based on open source technologies in order to minimize foreign dependency on software, which has become the basis of development and progress in all technological fields with the industrial revolution and Industry 4.0. continues.

The number of classrooms that use the interactive whiteboard interface of the national operating system Pardus, which was developed considering all the requirements teachers will need while lecturing, reached 35 thousand across Turkey.

The agreement made between the Ministry of National Education (MEB) and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey National Academic Network and Information Center (TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM) in order to popularize Pardus in schools is bearing fruit.

Within the scope of the Pardus Interactive Board Interface Project (ETAP) implemented by the Pardus team within TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM, the number of schools using technology developed entirely with domestic resources has increased.

Specially designed and coded by Turkish engineers to be used in interactive boards in educational institutions within the body of MEB, ETAP contributes to more than 35 thousand interactive boards as the only operating system.

The number of boards on which this operating system is used is expected to reach 50 thousand by the end of the year.

The system, which was developed considering all the requirements that teachers will need while teaching in the classroom, includes a panel that enables these needs to be fulfilled in the fastest and most effective way, and a virtual keyboard to enter text.

New generation Pardus continues to be developed

The system, which also has a screen dimming feature that allows all or part of the screen to be hidden, offers the opportunity to work on more than one board, allowing teachers to make presentations in a layout as they wish without the need to change or close the positions of the windows on the screen, and to make the most efficient use of interactive boards.

Pardus loaded interactive boards are managed remotely by LiderAhenk, another project of Pardus, the central management system software.

Work on the new Pardus version to be developed for the new generation 4K resolution boards to be provided by the Ministry of National Education continues intensively. In this context, the “Consultancy and Software Development Service Agreement” was signed between the Ministry of National Education General Directorate of Innovation and Education Technologies and TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM in October.

The use of Pardus in public institutions is becoming widespread

With the local operating system Pardus, which is widespread in public institutions, it will save millions of dollars in operating system fees per year and with the package programs included in Pardus, the fees paid to Microsoft Office every year will be removed, millions of Turkish Liras will be saved.

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