LinuxWorld: Nat Friedman, in his own right; Ximian (Helix Code) CEO interviewed
Feb 01, 2001, 19:26 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)
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"In August 1999... Miguel de Icaza... told me at the party that
night that the idea to form a company to help make GNOME -- and by
extension Linux -- easier to use was Friedman's, not his. He
suggested that I do an interview with Friedman. ...it was the name
change that finally got me off the dime and on the phone with
"One of the more interesting things I learned during the call
was that although de Icaza may get all the press, Friedman is quite
impressive in his own right. He is an MIT graduate (1999) and the
CEO of one the free software world's best-known commercial
ventures. Not only that, he's just successfully raised $15 million
of venture capital, and did it in an anything but "easy touch"
market for start-ups seeking financial backing. Not bad for a
23-year-old just a year or two out of school."
"I also learned that Friedman and de Icaza met at Microsoft.
Friedman told me that they met while de Icaza was interviewing for
the Internet Explorer team in Redmond. Friedman was -- hold on to
your hats -- a Microsoft employee at the time, working on the IIS
(Microsoft's Web server) project. It boggles the mind. They
also met online in a network set up by and for Linux developers.
Soon de Icaza was mentoring Friedman in the intricacies of open
source software and the Linux kernel."
"About the name change: A lot of people, myself included, liked
Helix Code just fine. So why the change? Friedman said: "Helix Code
we couldn't trademark. Very simply, we thought we could, but we
couldn't. It was a temporary name which we ended up being stuck
with after a Wall Street Journal article was written about us, and
then it was just too late to change it."
- LinuxPR: Ximian GNOME selected by Hewlett Packard as Desktop for HP-UX Workstations(Feb 01, 2001)
- NewsForge: Investment in Ximian will help bring Gnome to the masses(Jan 20, 2001)
- Enterprise Linux Today: Ximian (formerly known as Helix Code) secures $15 Million in Funding(Jan 18, 2001)
- Helix Code is now "Ximian, Inc"(Jan 11, 2001)
- Source Magazine: Helix Gnome: Linux on the Desktop, Part 1(Dec 24, 2000)
- FreeOS.com: A look at Helix GNOME(Nov 26, 2000)
- Linux Magazine: Installing Helix GNOME 1.2(Nov 25, 2000)
- Linux Magazine: GNOME With Helix Goodies(Oct 14, 2000)
- Duke of URL: Helix Code GNOME 1.2 [Review](Sep 17, 2000)
- LinuxPlanet: Helix Code: Beyond Project to Project(Sep 11, 2000)
- Boston Globe: A user-friendly face lift for Linux [Helix Code GNOME](Aug 23, 2000)
- LinuxToday.com.au: HelixCode for KDE?(Aug 09, 2000)
- Helix Setup Tools(Aug 07, 2000)
- O'Reilly Network: Helix GNOME: Unix For Humans(Jul 28, 2000)
- TechRepublic: Linux users: Upgrade to Helix Gnome!(Jul 01, 2000)
- Linux Orbit: Helix GNOME 1.2 Part 1, How an upgrade/install SHOULD work(Jun 30, 2000)