i want 2 do project. tell me wat 2 do.

Dedicated in loving memory of my Aunt, Dr. Mrs. S. S. Kodimani (1945-2009).



This book has been written to help students and professionals as well to work on free and open source software (F/OSS) projects. These software projects are released under a freely distributable license which allow you to use, copy, make changes, and distribute the software. This is different from proprietary software, where you only receive an executable under a restrictive license, and the source code is not provided to you. The book teaches you the methodology to be followed when working with F/OSS projects and similar programs. This will help you to become a valuable contributor to these projects, and get wide recognition as an individual.

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