"Microsoft Corp. has 40,000
employees, $30 billion in the bank and a lock on
the personal computer market. Miguel de Icaza
has a couple of hundred volunteer
programmers, a windowless office just outside of
downtown here and a vision.
His goal is to rewrite the rules of the software
business by creating and giving away word
processors, spreadsheets, email readers and
other programs that mimic the look and feel of
Microsoft's signature products. Some
independent observers give him a fair shot. And
so does Microsoft." More at Washington Post.