Miguel Icaza

Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope
Miguel de Icaza

Name: Miguel de Icaza

Born: c. 1972 in Mexico City, Mexico

Computer-related contributions

  • Mexican free software programmer, best known for starting the GNOME and Mono projects. One of the earliest pieces of software he wrote for Linux was the Midnight Commander File Manager, a text-mode file manager.
  • One of the early contributors to the Wine project.
  • Worked with David Miller on the Linux SPARC port and wrote several video and network drivers in the port, and the libc ports to the platform.

Honors and awards

  • Microsoft MVP Award (2010).
  • Named as the fifth in the "Most Powerful Voices in Open Source" (2010).
  • Named one of Time magazine's 100 innovators for the new century (2000).
  • Free Software Foundation Award for the Advancement of Free Software (1999).
  • MIT Technology Review Innovator of the Year Award (1999).


"Every piece of software written today is likely going to infringe on someone else's patent."