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Tech: IIT Bombay creates a laptop for Rs 6000

By Hassan M Kamal |Posted 16-Jun-2015

IIT Bombay aims to revolutionize computer availability

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IIT Bombay unveils ‘world’s cheapest’ netbook

Anumeha Chaturvedi |Jan 23, 2015

IIT-B develops 10-inch netbook that costs less than $100

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DWSIM – An open source chemical process simulator

By Prabhakar Deshpande

FOSSEE (Free and Open Source Software for Education) aims to:

  • Allow freedom in education.
  • Improve the quality of instruction and learning.
  • Create a constructive and innovative learning and teaching environment.
  • Enable and motivate students, faculty & others to use open source software tools instead of proprietary software.
  • Scilab is a free and open source software for numerical computation developed by Scilab Enterprises, France. Scilab also includes Xcos which is an open source alternative to Simulink.

  • Python is a general-purpose, high-level, remarkably powerful dynamic programming language that is used in a wide variety of application domains. It supports multiple programming paradigms.

  • DWSIM is an open source CAPE-OPEN compliant chemical process simulator. Helps understand the behavior of Chemical Systems by using rigorous thermodynamic and unit operations models.

  • eSim (formerly known as Oscad/FreeEDA) is an EDA tool for circuit design, simulation, analysis and PCB design. It is developed by the FOSSEE team at IIT Bombay as an open source alternative to OrCAD.

  • OpenFOAM is a free and open source CFD toolbox useful to solve anything from complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions, turbulence and heat transfer, to solid dynamics and electromagnetics.

  • Optimisation and Simulation are the areas of focus in the FOSSEE OR Tools project. The OR Tools include COIN-OR, GLPK etc, interfaced through open-source environments like Scilab and languages such as Python.

  • Osdag is a free and open-source software which allows the user to design steel structures using a graphical user interface. The GUI also provides 3D visualization of the designed component and images. Osdag

  • IIT Bombay is piloting a low cost laptop, known as the FOSSEE-Laptop. An affordable 10 inch GNU/Linux laptop pre-installed with educational application and utilities