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Miguel de Icaza

 

Brief Description: Now with Novell, cofounder of Ximian

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Mexican-born Miguel de Icaza, the free software programmer best known for co-founding the Gnome, Ximian, and Mono projects, joined Novell when it acquired Ximian last year. Ximian had its genesis in the GNOME project, which was initiated by Miguel and others in 1997 by de Icaza, who is now Vice President of Product Technology at Novell.

The Mono Project is an effort to build an open-source implementation of the Microsoft .NET Framework using the technical documents that Microsoft submitted to ECMA (the European Computer Manufacturers Association) for standarization.

As the founder and leader of the GNOME Foundation, de Icaza is rightly deemed one of the foremost luminaries in the Linux development community. With his seemingly boundless energy, he has galvanized the effort to make Linux accessible and available to the average computer user.

He brought this same excitement to his role as CTO of Ximian, where he was instrumental in porting Linux to the SPARC architecture and led development of the Midnight Commander file manager and the Gnumeric spreadsheet. He was also a primary author of the design of the Bonobo component model, which leads the way in the development of large-scale applications in GNOME.

de Icaza was the first recipient of the prestigious MIT Innovator of the Year award in 1999 and continues to reach out globally by working with international organizations such as eMexico to introduce affordable technology alternatives, like Linux, to other nations.

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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