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Reuters: Mexican programmer to start Linux-based software firm

Nov 15, 1999, 06:15 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Therese Poletti)

"Miguel de Icaza, a Mexican programming whiz who helped make Unix and the upstart Linux computer operating system easier to use in a desktop environment called GNOME, has started a company to develop more Linux-based software."

"We are creating applications like Microsoft Office, for GNOME," the 26-year-old de Icaza said in a phone interview. "We have investment. It's exciting and I get to work on GNOME full time so that's even better." The company will be based in the Cambridge, Mass. area and is expected to have about 12 employees initially...."

"De Icaza and 300 plus developers have worked in their spare time to develop GNOME, which is given away free over the Internet. Now, the company he is founding with Linux programmer and friend, Nat Friedman, will develop Linux applications, all of which will be freely available."

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