Interview with GNOME co-founder Federico Mena
I’m sure this legend doesn’t need too much introduction – Federico, along with Miguel de Icaza, worked together in the late 90s to start the GNOME project - the desktop environment that Ubuntu and many other distros use. Since then, Federico has done many things, including maintaining GIMP, working for Red Hat, Ximian, and now he works for Novell.
We sat down with Frederico for an exclusive chat.
Federico! Tell us how you met Miguel at university.
On my first day of class, Miguel and his friends (who were already at the university) were playing a prank on the classroom next door. You know, impersonating the teacher or his assistants, and lecturing about ”this course is really hard; here is some bibliography in German, read chapters such and such by next week”.