FLOSS Leaders – Part2

Continuing with the subject Developers and Motivations and the FLOSS Leaders, this post presents a short bio of Miguel de Icaza.

Miguel de Icaza was born in 1972 in Mexico, he studied Bachelor of mathematics in the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), but not ended. In 1990, at the age of 18 years, became involved in the GNU project. His first contribution was the file manager Midnight Commander.

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In 1997, he founded the GNOME project in collaboration with Federico Mena. In 1999, he got the Free Software Award by the FSF and he was recognized as Innovator of the Year by the Massachusetts Institute of Technologys.

In 1999, he was the co-Founder with Nat Friedman (Microsoft worker) of the company Helix Code, which change its name to Ximian.

In 2000, Time magazine included him in the top 100 innovators of XXI Century. This year created the Mono project, a .Net Framework for Unix like systems.

In 2003, Ximian was acquired by Novell for 30M$. In 2011Miguel founded Xamarin company to continue with the Mono development.

Miguel is a FLOSS leader that contributed very actively to the development of free software with Mono and Midnight Commander, but also in other projects like Gnumeric, Bonobo, Evolution or Red Carpet, and trying to provide free tools as an alternative to proprietary products. It also has a great entrepreneurial spirit, as has been seen.





  1. #1 por Ruben Wong el enero 11, 2012 - 7:14 pm

    Dead written subject material , thanks for entropy.

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