Infamous Chinese pirates launch Ubuntu that looks just like Windows XP

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 7:27 am

From the Chinese pirate masters of the non-sea-faring variety comes … Ylmf OS! Not happy with pirating Windows XP itself, these creative Chinese have gone one step further and hacked Ubuntu to look exactly like Windows XP. Why have they moved to Ubuntu? Because their previous release — a pirate version of Windows XP itself — is being cracked down on by Microsoft.

This isn’t the first time copycats or pirates have imitated a prevalent operating system. Cloned in China reported on the case of Tomato Garden Windows XP, another pirate distribution, where the creator was jailed for 4 years and fined $147,000. China has very lax piracy laws, but I would expect Microsoft to lean rather heavily on its friends there — if they have any — to make sure Ylmf OS is stamped out quickly. It might not be Windows itself, but you can sue for GUI copycatting too!


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