Miguel Icaza

Updated: 09/15/2017 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 of the video and network drivers in the port, as well as 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."