And yes, you can run Unix commands from the Windows console or Unix shell.
I like Mono, I really do, however it's always playing catch-up, it's by it's very nature it's always going to be one step behind Microsoft.
Reminds me of OO.org and MS Office. Or even the Linux desktop GUI and Windows.
It isn't easy being the parent of a six-year-old. However, it's a pretty small price to pay for having somebody around the house who understands computers.