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As you may have seen, Miguel de Icaza is leaving Microsoft. But what you might not know is how important this man is, to Microsoft and to personal computing in general. And maybe more to the point, what an incredible human being he is.

For those unfamiliar, Miguel de Icaza is one of the biggest and most important names in open-source software. In the early 1990s, he was an early contributor to the Wine project, which allows Linux users to run an ever-longer list of Windows applications on that platform. And he created the GNU Midnight Commander file manager, a Norton Commander clone.

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