LAFAYETTE, La. - Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) has joined forces with the Acadiana Open Source group to help educate the community on open source technologies, and will be holding their first meeting of the New Year at LITE on January 27 at 6:30 p.m.

The Acadiana Open Source group is focused on fostering a local community centered around open source technologies. They provide education in the use of software and encourage participation in open source projects.

Matthew Turland, organizer of the Acadiana Open Source group, said that he helped start the group because he believed that open source software and the philosophy behind it are both tools from which people can benefit.

"Even if you don't use computers, the idea behind open source - that multiple people can contribute to producing something and making it available to others who can in turn do the same - can be applied to other things, including education, art and entertainment," Turland said.

LITE software engineers have utilized the resources that are available in open source technologies through their work in the development of a virtual reality engine that powers data to the 3D venues at LITE.

"Open source software provides high quality, effective tools for LITE's business today," Thomas McPoyle, LITE's technical manager stated. "LITE is committed to utilizing open source software."

This meeting is open to the public, and all ages. Anyone that is interested in the cost-saving effects of open source technologies, rather they are personal or business-related, is highly encouraged to attend.

For more information on attending the meeting of the Acadiana Open Source Group, please contact LITE's Public Relations Coordinator, Erin Ryan, at (337) 735-1397.

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