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Chinese hackers turn Ubuntu into XP

December 28th, 2009   News  


“We feel sorry for all the Ubuntu developers out there who must be looking at their Open Source child twisted and corrupted until it looks so much like the proprietary enemy,” says Fudzilla.

Under discussion is a Chinese pirate version of Windows from 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,” says DownloadSquad, going on:

They went to Ubuntu because “their previous release — a pirate version of Windows XP itself — is being cracked down on by Microsoft”.

But the hackers are keeping things at home.

The download page is in Chinese and, “Unfortunately looking at the testing, and the screenshots, would suggest that the OS’s GUI is purely Chinese too,” says Fudzilla, adding:

“The only thing that can stop the pirates is the fact that Windows XP’s GUI is copyrighted as much as the main operating system. We suspect that Redmond is having a few words with Chinese authorities about the cloning.”

You think?

“It might not be Windows itself, but you can sue for GUI copycatting too!” – says Sebastian Anthony on DownloadSquad.

“All in all, despite the questionable legality, it really is a great-looking copycat; almost pixel-perfect.”

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