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Linux Orbit: 10 Questions with Miguel de icaza

Dec 31, 2000, 18:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Gowin)

[ Thanks to John Gowin for this link. ]

"Linux Orbit editor-in-chief John Gowin contacted Helix Code to catch up on where their products and projects were heading in the New Year. Miguel de Icaza, GNOME evangelist and developer and Helix Code co-founder was kind enough to answer our ten question interview."

"Linux Orbit: First, Tell us a bit about yourself. How long have you been with Helix Code, what are your responsibilities?"

"Miguel de Icaza: Nat Friedman and I founded Helix Code in October 1999 to create a company that would bring Free Software/Open Source to the desktop. Before Helix Code, I was employed at the National University in Mexico (UNAM) where I was a system administrator. Nat had just graduated from the CS program at MIT."

"To me, Helix was a continuation of the GNOME project. There are some tasks in the GNOME project that are not fun to do (like packaging of software, software updates, delivering the latest technologies) that are not easy to do with volunteers (Debian is a project that actually has managed to do this very well, but when we tried to do this within the GNOME project, we never managed to get this off the ground). Other large scale projects can be developed faster, and give our platform an advantage over proprietary software if they are done within the framework of a commercial company."

"Helix Code is focusing on delivering services to people (like our updating technology) and delivering the best possible Unix desktop possible."

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