okay, now that john let the cat out of the bag himself, i'm glad to say that john lam of rubyclr fame has joined microsoft and will begin january 2007.
see john's post: dynamic languages, microsoft and me for his story.
i think this is a great hire for microsoft and the clr team. will this mean ruby will instantly be a part of the .net framework and take on the roadmap of an ironpython-ish project? let's wait and see. i, for one, hope so and welcome john to the organization -- a great move for the clr guys.