"A lot of people are watching Miguel de Icaza, a young Mexican
programming whiz behind an unusual project he named 'Mono,' Spanish
"Icaza's company, Ximian, has already produced software called
Evolution that gives users of the free, open-source Linux operating
system e-mail and calendar tools comparable to those that run on
Microsoft's Windows operating system.
"With the Mono project, Icaza and about 130 other volunteer
programmers are trying to break down the walls between Linux and
Microsoft's new .Net software development platform.
"'I don't think it's ever going to wipe out Microsoft,' he said.
'But it's going to be a fairer universe...'"