Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 28: Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has come-up with a system for integrating Digital Signatures in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) based Operating Systems which is used in most government offices.
The Kerala Government had recently instructed all Govt offices to compulsorily make use of Digital Signatures for preparing the salaries and other benefits of employees in the SPARK portal (Service and Payroll Administrative Repository for Kerala). At present, 27,797 Government offices in the State use SPARK portal for salary disbursement for over 7 lakh employees and the new mechanism devised by KITE comes in the backdrop of reports of some offices including some from General Education Department depending proprietary software for this purpose.
The prevailing Govt policy mandates use of only FOSS applications in all its offices. The IT@School GNU/Linux 18.04 Operating System developed by KITE already has inbuilt software utilities required for running the drivers for the Digital Signature token devices, which is based on Java. KITE would provide technical assistance to offices to install the Trust Key used for digital signature token devices in offices, along with ProxKey and ePass in addition to client software required for using them in SPARK.
More over KITE would guide the offices in registering the above in the FOSS operating system and to register in the BIMS and SPARK websites.'The specific installation script, user guide and video tutorials would be made available in the website of KITE www.kite.kerala.gov.in from Aug 2 onwards,' said K Anvar Sadath, Vice Chairman and Executive Director, KITE. Under any circumstances, proprietary software of any kind should not be installed in any of the computers in schools.
KITE would also organise workshops, sessions and help desks in each of its 14 district offices from August 2nd onwards, to provide real-time support for the process. The officers who require the facility have to bring their laptops pre-loaded with Ubuntu Operating system along with their digital signature token device to the district offices of KITE.
Those who wish to install Free Software based OS in the Laptops instead of proprietary OS should contact the district teams of KITE. The facility shall be extended to more places, with the help of 'Little KITEs' Clubs based on necessity. Details would be published on the website of KITE.(UNI)