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From Java to C#: A Developer's Guide by Heng Ngee Mok

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1.10. Porting .NET to other operating systems

One common question is whether it is possible to port .NET to other non-Windows operating systems. [48] In theory, it is possible to write a .NET CLR for, say, a Linux machine. [49] This .NET CLR understands and provides a runtime environment for IL codes, in very much the same way that a JVM can be written for each operating system.

[48] There have been reports about Microsoft funding the development of .NET on non-Windows operating systems. Corel Corp (in which Microsoft has a US$135 million investment) will be building an implementation of .NET programming tools that allows developers to build XML web services based on .NET for FreeBSD. A project codenamed Rotor, which is currently running at Microsoft, ...

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