Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jan 2010 23:51 UTC
Microsoft Late last year, news got out that an infamous Chinese pirate has moved beyond pirating Windows, moving on to creating an Ubuntu distribution that is almost a pixel-perfect copy of Windows XP, called Ylmf OS. Ars Technica contacted Microsoft about possible legal actions, but it seems Microsoft isn't really bothered by all this.
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Why is this such a big deal?
by eco2geek on Thu 7th Jan 2010 07:26 UTC
eco2geek
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2009-09-23

If you download it, switch the locale to US English, and check it out, you'll discover it's an Ubuntu live CD remaster with a few icons stolen from MS Office 2003 to represent OpenOffice.org apps and some Internet applications that are different than the Ubuntu norm. It has a WinXP skin which you can download and install on your own copy of GNOME from here: http://ubuntu.online02.com/node/14 (that's probably where they got their artwork from, too, from the looks of it).

It hardly qualifies as a "distro." So why is this getting so much free advertising?

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bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

eco2geek asked...

It hardly qualifies as a "distro." So why is this getting so much free advertising?


Because the interest is there for a Windows clone that is Linux but apes Windows XP completely enough to fool non-technical people. Unfortunately this isn't it, and most likely we'll never see a real good clone because of legal and cultural issues. Just look over at gnome-look at some of the responses even slightly Vista or Luna seeming themes get! (The legal issues are obvious and need not be restated here.)

Then too, there is the misleading advertising the group did when they released this "distro" of theirs... Take a look at this picture:

http://www.ylmf.org/static/images/banner.jpg

Now contrast that with what you really get:

http://liveinformant.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/03-ylmf-languag...

Not hardly the same thing is it? So this is a complete bait and switch operation in effect here, when people were expecting a clone and getting a half-baked theme instead. Me, I say someone should take XPDE and start hacking away to get GTK and QT apps to behave like "native" Windows apps in that desktop, and see how well it goes over. I imagine it would be better than we'd expect...

--bornagainpenguin

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eco2geek Member since:
2009-09-23

bornagainpenguin said...

Because the interest is there for a Windows clone that is Linux but apes Windows XP completely enough to fool non-technical people.


You're apparently right about that, but the theme of these stories about Ylmf OS have all been about Microsoft's reaction to it. "Will Microsoft sue?" is the main question. That's kind of a silly question to ask when you already know that Ylmf OS is an Ubuntu 9.10 remaster.

The stories haven't been about consumer demand for a free copy of Windows.

bornagainpenguin said...
So this is a complete bait and switch operation in effect here, when people were expecting a clone and getting a half-baked theme instead.


Not exactly. The picture on the company's home page is misleading, but if you read the text (use Google Translate), it says, "Based on Ubuntu 9.10" right up front.

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