non-microsoft database engine that can emulate mssql

I know this is a bit of a crazy question...

Does anyone know of a database server that will act like Microsoft SQL and appear as Microsoft SQL to an application that requires Microsoft SQL?

Thanks!
kevinvw1Asked:
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Racim BOUDJAKDJIDatabase Architect - Dba - Data ScientistCommented:
SQL Server is a proprietary technology, so are its interfaces to the clients, so, unless someone as cracked the engine, I don't see any.  Sybase has some common feature with SQL due to common origins but that was a very long time ago.  Note that the closest thing to SQL Server that is free is DB2 Express C or Postgresql.
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PortletPaulfreelancerCommented:
SQL Express
http://www.microsoft.com/web/platform/database.aspx

it will appear like SQL server (because it is a version of SQL Server)
It doesn't have all the full product features - but it may suit your purpose.
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PortletPaulfreelancerCommented:
oh, it's a free version in case you are wondering why I mentioned it
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kevinvw1Author Commented:
Thanks, I figured as much, but just thought I'd throw it out there.
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