CNET News.com: The struggle for the future of Linux

“The sudden prominence of Linux has elevated many programmers to
celebrity status–and Miguel de Icaza is one of those who appears
to enjoy the fame.”

“De Icaza, a flamboyant 28-year-old programmer from Mexico, is
founder of the Gnome project to outfit Linux with a polished
graphical user interface. He’s also chief technology officer of
Ximian, a company that is trying to capitalize on Gnome by linking
that user interface to e-commerce services on the Internet….”

“But de Icaza faces some challenges as well. Despite some
lowered barriers between Gnome and the competing interface KDE, the
rift persists. De Icaza acknowledged that the split was “a very bad

“CNET News.com’s Stephen Shankland spoke with de Icaza on these
and other issues in a recent interview.”


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