Matthew Turland, a local programmer and UL Lafayette computer science graduate, has formed the Acadiana Open Source Group, a group where both open source enthusiasts and developers can meet and share their own experiences with open source software. "Part of what I'd like to see AOS do is encourage participation in open source projects," he says. "I think it's an appropriate topic for the first meeting to discuss how a person, any person, can do just that." The idea behind open source projects is to allow users to contribute to the development of a project and to freely use the results in their own work.

The Acadiana Open Source Group will hold its first meeting tomorrow night, Tuesday April 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the upstairs conference room of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra Conservatory of Music at 412 Travis Street in the Oil Center. For more information, visit www.acadianaos.org.

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