Microsoft legal unfazed by Ubuntu Windows XP GUI clone

Microsoft logoMicrosoft legal has decided to react passively to the news of Ylmf OS, a Linux distribution that clones the look and feel of Windows XP.

When word came over the holidays that a Chinese group had created an Ubuntu distribution named Ylmf OS that clones the look and feel of Windows XP, we contacted Microsoft to see what they thought about this very odd way of pirating the company's most popular operating system. While some speculated that Redmond would take action to stamp out Ylmf OS rather quickly, not in the name of pirating the operating system's code but in the name of protecting its GUI, the official response we received back is nothing of the sort.

Linux Ylmf OS

"We have not really evaluated the code here, but assuming that this is a Linux implementation, we agree that the existing laws against software piracy are unlikely to apply here," a Microsoft spokesperson told Ars. "So we'd have to look to the protection offered under intellectual property law generally in the relevant jurisdictions. But it would be difficult to talk about the legal options in a general sense as each instance is unique, depending not only on the local IP laws in play (in this case in China) but also the technical implementation itself. We'd need to drill down into the specifics to understand better what Microsoft IP rights may be at stake here."

We prodded the company further to see whether it would be making an effort to "evaluate the code" and "drill down into the specifics" or if it would largely ignore the release since this was Linux and not stolen code. "While we can't comment on the future, we have no current litigation efforts in place about this," the Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to Ars. The almost pixel-perfect copycat is here to stay, at least for now. That stance might change if the release gains any traction. We doubt it will.

Source: ars technica

Tags: Linux, Microsoft, Windows XP

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

A mobile hotspot in Australia will be capable of hitting gigabit speeds on the go
A new game could be in the works as Blizzard appears to have been hiring for a Diablo-related project
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri will speak at MWC 2017
However what if you could go way, way back?
The Helio P15 packs an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 2.2GHz
Samsung claims up to 27-percent higher performance or 40-percent lower power
Preliminary data for October shows another Windows 10 boom
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
HP Slate 7 is a 7-inch Android 4 Tablet PC with good sound
A cost-effective, 7-inch tablet PC from a renowned manufacturer
October 25, 2013 / 4

News Archive



Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments