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Dallas Morning News: Baby-faced rebels: Mexican wunderkind takes aim at Microsoft's dominance

May 17, 2000, 13:24 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brendan M. Case)

[ Thanks to Alan Boyd for this link. ]

"Plotting the overthrow of the world's largest software company is no job for a part-time revolutionary, says Miguel de Icaza, a 27-year-old computer whiz who has tried it. A year ago, he was devising a way to turn the conventional software industry on its head, but only after his day job as a systems administrator in Mexico City."

"Now, with an "Innovator of the Year" award under his belt from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he runs a company that develops alternatives to some of Microsoft Corp.'s key products. And he conjures up a day when his so-called open source software will be better than Bill Gates' best - and free."

"Mr. de Icaza's dream has its roots in the enormous technological needs and limited resources of his native Mexico. But to achieve it, he moved to this northerly hotbed of technological innovation to found Helix Code Inc. ... Helix Code and several other U.S. companies are developing open source applications to compete with Microsoft programs such as Outlook, Excel and Word."

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