IIT Bombay starts FOSSEE project on Open software

FOSSEE will work on creating educational content around open source software and encouraging the introduction of courses on open source software

IIT Bombay has begun a project titled FOSSEE which is an acronym for Free and Open Source Software for Education. The FOSSEE Project at IIT Bombay will promote the use of open source software in education. FOSSEE will work on creating educational content around open source software and encouraging the introduction of courses on open source in the syllabi of universities.

The Open Source software is free and its source code is also available which means it can be updated by any one. The changes to the source code are accepted as part of the software after quality checks. The open source software that they will deploy consists of Firefox, the web browser, Linusx, the operating system, MySQL, the database, Apache, the webserver and of course, Python, PHP or Perl among the programming languages.

The FOSSEE project is also developing and promoting Scilab (for numerical calculation), OpenFOAM (for engineering calculations), Python (for programming) and Oscad (for electronic design). Professor Kannan Moudgalya, IIT Bombay is an Investigator of the FOSSEE project which is also part of the National Mission on Education through ICT. Here they will focus on "Adaptation and deployment of open source simulation packages equivalent to proprietary software” and are funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

 “Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is also an opportunity to save on precious foreign exchange.  Proprietary software purchases cost our nation a billion dollars per year, most of which goes to buy basic software like MS Windows and MS Office. 

Source and Credit: Information Week


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