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MIT Technology Review: Sellout or Savior?

Aug 06, 2004, 01:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David H. Freedman)

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"There's a sense of dissonance in the office of Miguel de Icaza. On one hand, here is the celebrated hacker—as in programming whiz, not virtual trespasser—wearing a T-shirt, looking boyish and rail-thin, and resembling an impoverished graduate student who has been living on coffee. But here also is the vice president of product technology for staid software giant Novell, entirely at ease as he takes command of a plush corporate conference room in Cambridge, MA, with a view of the Charles River and the Boston skyline. It's a dissonance, however, that de Icaza is quick to wave away. 'There are a lot of motivations in the open-source community, like the freedom to choose software platforms and the chance to innovate,' he says, referring to the global community of programmers who write software that others are free to download and modify. 'Now one of my motivations is that I'm being paid to do this, and I have to deliver products...'"

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