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Chinese-language consumers unwilling or unable to pay the cost of a legitimate copy of Microsoft's Windows XP now have a new alternative: a clone of the operating system that's based on Ubuntu. Dubbed "Ylmf OS," the software is available from Rain Forest Wind Guangdong Computer Technology as a free download on a dedicated Web site. The system is based on Ubuntu 9.10 and integrates Wine, according to the page. Also included are OpenOffice 3.1, CompizConfig Effects Settings Manager, Firefox and Pidgin for instant messaging.
I tried this for a few minutes to see how far it is modified (I can read chinese).
There is a XP theme to the desktop, icons and window borders. That's about it.
By default wine is installed, and simplified chinese text/input method are on by default.
Other than that, it's just plain-old ubuntu 9.10. Even has the default ubuntu sounds.
A screen shot of an empty desktop looks close to XP, but go any further and it's bog-standard ubuntu.
Not the XP clone everyone makes it out to be, by far.
The guys quoted in the article must have just glanced at 1 screen shot.
My eee-pc came with something closer to xp than this.