>I remember while I was joing my internship and asked, “I wonder if there is an open source equivalent to Microsoft .NET?” Since these were all M$ people they responded like any M$ advocate would, “I do not know. Open Source?”. Yep!
Atleast there is google. Low an behold I get go-mono.com on search query: “.NET Open Source Implementation”
I was excited when I saw this page (www.go-mono.com). I did not imagine to see a .NET implementation for a couple years, but the folks at Mono were on top of it.