Commerce Starter Kit 2.0 Beta 2 has been unleashed on the world! 

You can check it out at  And, thanks to Mark from UltimaHosts, you can play with a live demo at

What is it?  It's on Open Source (Mozilla License) ASP.NET 2.0 based commerce kit.  It has a great deal of the functionality that you need to get up and running with a commerce web site, including payment processing, real-time shipping calculations, promotions, cross-sells and so, so much more.  It was originally version 1.1 ... but there is so much new stuff in here that it deserves a full new version. 

I've been involved with the project for several months ... and it's been a really cool experience.  If you want to help, send me a message and I'll get you hooked up with SpookyTooth, the brave, unflagging leader of the project. 

Oh, and it's also on CodePlex ( ... file any bugs you find there.  If you hadn't heard, CodePlex is Microsoft's new community development site.  It's built on top of Team Foundation Server and is very, very cool.  (Working with it has been so much better that GDN Workspaces).  It's still in limited beta, so new projects need to be approved.

Do you have any ideas for a cool, new Open Source project?  Do you have any favorite .NET Open Source tools/projects that you use?  I'd love to hear about it if you do!