In looking at this word press theme-
I am blown away. With my experience with Word Press, you pretty much can add a theme and get it working in a few minutes. Not so with many MS tech open source projects out there. You will encounter some sort of obscure configuration detail that needs to be worked out, and waste time messing with arcana obscura to get things up and running.
Look what folks have done with "crappy" PHP and MySQL.
Makes me wonder.