Chinese pirates clone Windows XP, sorta

According to Download Squad, a group of Chinese pirates has moved on from their days of pirating Windows XP itself. Now, they've settled for just the look and feel. Ylmf OS is a version of Ubuntu that will make your head spin. The OS looks very similar to Windows XP, using identical icons and a similar taskbar. It has Wine integration to allow for Windows based programs to run, supports Compiz effects, and comes with a lot of pre-loaded freeware (Firefox, OpenOffice.org, etc.), as you'd expect from a Linux distro.

This sort of distro could be an ideal way to shift a Windows user over to Linux, as the learning curve would be minimized, at least from the UI standpoint. Under the hood, Ylmf OS is still Linux and will not run Windows based applications natively (Wine still doesn't work for everything). For a detailed list of features, you can visit the Detailed Features page of their website.

One of the comments on Download Squad indicates that by using the "sudo locale-gen en-US" command after installation, he was able to change the language to English (which would explain why the picture below has English in it). If you're a Linux enthusiast or are interested in giving it a whirl, please do. Be sure to let us know how it goes in the comments. Download Squad also mentions some possible legal issues over the design, though many think that it won't be much of an problem, as the OS still runs a pure Linux kernel (not to mention that China's copyright laws are pretty non-existent).


Image courtesy of mark on Download Squad. Thanks!

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Finally!1!!! the /nix community has made it to the 33% mark in trying to compete with the almighty microsoft, now if they could just sort out the endless hardware issues (since day-1) and constant and continuing stability issues, we might see a viable competitor to windows! good job! and to think the Chinese had the answer this whole time omg!!!

Why on earth ppl want to keep using a OS or even a imitation
of a OS from 1999 in 2009/10 I will never understand.

Baked said,
Why on earth ppl want to keep using a OS or even a imitation
of a OS from 1999 in 2009/10 I will never understand.

It's fast, stable, and has the most software support. Until Win 7 gets a killer app, XP is going to continue to be around for another couple of years.

toadeater said,

It's fast, stable, and has the most software support. Until Win 7 gets a killer app, XP is going to continue to be around for another couple of years.

Excuse me? Most hardware support? Have you even USED Windows 7? You could plug a jar of peanut butter into your USB port and it would find drivers for that.

Best thing I've read today ^

I do agree that XP will be around for at least a couple of years though. Not everyone has the money or the necessity to buy a better PC and have 7 on it. I don't even recommend that people with older machines (4+ years or so) put 7 on it. If your PC came with XP on it from a long time ago then you're probably not gonna get much out of 7 except some less than stellar performance compared to XP.

toadeater said,
fast, stable, and has the most software support. Until Win 7 gets a killer app, XP is going to continue to be around for another couple of years.

WinXP SP3 is supported by MSFT until 2014, and I see it being used long after that. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if MSFT were forced into continued paid subscription support (Seems the logical way to go!).

Win2k doesn't become end of life, for another 6 months, it will be interesting what happens there. My company isn't going to stop using Win2k until it is totally broken (I'm sure people will find cunning work arounds to to problems if MSFT abandon it). I still think Win2k and Win2k3 were their best O/S's due to simplicity and lack of bloat.

As for Window 7 killer app... I think native booting to a VHD file - available in Ultimate R2 and FREE if using Win2008 R2 Hyper-V Core edition, is pretty cool. Though Ultimate is a big price to pay for a feature that can be used for free!


LiquidSolstice said,
Excuse me? Most hardware support? Have you even USED Windows 7? You could plug a jar of peanut butter into your USB port and it would find drivers for that.

You win the internets.

I wonder, why do we only see Windows, OS X, NIX?

Don't other countires make their own operating systems? Like I'm sure Japan is quite advanced, there's many great ideas in people's minds that they can make something better than what we have today... right?

If someone were to make their own OS they'd have to have their own software, their own drivers, and so on and so forth. Unless your company is called Google then good luck with all of that.

KSib said,
If someone were to make their own OS they'd have to have their own software, their own drivers, and so on and so forth. Unless your company is called Google then good luck with all of that.

So someone could not download some open source OS and start modifying it without writing their own drivers? Okay.

Microsoft is going to find that fighting off Linux is like fighting off a cold.

Sure, you may think that having a cold is an insignificant problem. For years MS did.
The best/most troubling for MS aspect of Linux is that it went viral from inception. Thousands of people are working on improving every aspect of it, many of them for free. MS can't compete with that over the long term.
Linux is two or three large upgrades away from seriously challenging for market share.
Do I think that this is going to happen tommorow? Not a chance. Linux still requires more computer literacy
than most people can be trusted to obtain. The forthcoming generation of smartphones, MID's, netbooks, and other lower power devices are the first inroads.

I think that the only thing that is keeping Linux from eventually gaining traction in the greater mindshare is time and a little more flash.

I mean, a pay product can't compete with something that is given away for free if it is of equal quality and usability.

Just look at the amount of sweat on the brows of TomTom, Garmin, and the other Nav sellers when they saw Android 2.0. Wait until they start seeing the market share for Android rise. What did Android start out as a base?

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