The issues are

1) "Ylmf Windows XP" was a real pirated Microsoft product prior to the arrival of "Ylmf OS" which is Ubuntu Linux. The Ylmf team has been frightened away from distributing real Microsoft products by the arrest of the distributor of "Tomato Garden" which was also a real pirated Microsoft Windows XP.


2) points to Ylmf OS

This attracts a lot of people who are looking for XP to the Ylmf OS site.

3) Google trends shows that Ylmf OS has become a very popular search target in a short time:

So will there be massive increase in Chinese Linux users?

Will they adopt it or go on flouting the law using pirated Microsoft software and ending up in Chinese jails (which can't be pleasant.)

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GNU/Linux is growing in a massive way without imitating that other OS. It sells well on price and reliability.

see comparing Linux to yimfos shows Linux is still a bigger hit but who knows how China will go? They have made big moves into netbooks as first PCs with GNU/Linux and they are into ARM notebooks at low cost. At one point, M$ cut their price to $3 and it barely slowed GNU/Linux.

If you are a shareholder and want to see something really scary, use Google trends for windows,linux or xp,linux for China, all regions. That will really open eyes. The BRIC countries have the highest GDP growth and very vigorous adoption of GNU/Linux. The BRIC is 40% of humanity. At the low end, they can afford a lot of PCs these days. They love netbooks.

The saga continues with this great article:

Desktop Linux Market Share Will Rise, Thanks to Microsoft

I love these quotes from it:

“About 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but people don’t pay for the software. Someday they will, though. As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal [Windows]. They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.”


“Just four months after the sentencing of [the creator(s) of the pirated XP Windows], a version of Linux aimed squarely at Chinese users of Windows has arisen. It’s ironic then that as Microsoft now tries to collect on those it let pirate Windows in the past, it finds itself inadvertently pushing users over to Linux”.

The entire article is fun to read.

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