"Miguel de Icaza (born c. 1972) is a Mexican free software
programmer, best known for starting the GNOME and Mono
"De Icaza started the GNOME project with Federico Mena in August
1997 to create a completely free desktop environment and component
model for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. Earlier, De
Icaza had worked on the Midnight Commander file manager and the
Linux kernel. He also created the spreadsheet program Gnumeric.
"In 1999, De Icaza, along with Nat Friedman, co-founded Helix
Code, a GNOME-oriented free software company that employed a large
number of other GNOME hackers. In 2001, Helix Code, later renamed
Ximian, announced the Mono Project, to be led by De Icaza, with the
goal to implement Microsoft’s new .NET development platform
on Linux and Unix-like platforms. In August 2003, Ximian was
acquired by Novell, Inc. There, De Icaza is currently the Vice
President of Developer Platform."