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Old 30th December, 2009, 07:14 PM
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China's Latest Knockoff: Ubuntu in XP Clothing

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What looks like XP but perhaps behaves better? A version of Ubuntu that sports the XP user interface, currently available in Chinese for download from the Web. [Front page..]
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Oh how I wish my brother-in-law had bought a PC with this instead of an actual WinXP knock-off. The call to MS to legitimise the machine was both embarrassing and expensive.

I wouldn't have bothered except it couldn't be patched and had more diseases than a Thai hooker.

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It's not entirely clear why Linux fans -- many of whom are overtly hostile towards Microsoft -- would want to emulate Windows with open source technology.
Not exactly rocket science. Most Chinese haven't had the privilege of using Apple ][s, Amigas, CPC464s and all the other pre-Windows PCs that ever existed. For them Windows = computer. Thus if you want them to use something else, the user interface has to match Windows exactly.

If they've managed to get QQ games working in Linux on Wine then I'll presently be downloading their patch-set and moving Mrs K's PC across, as the software required to keep XP from picking up a nasty bug is probably more annoying than the bug. She only uses it for web/Skype/DVDs and QQ games. Until recently QQ games proved... difficult.
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It's not entirely clear why Linux fans -- many of whom are overtly hostile towards Microsoft -- would want to emulate Windows with open source technology.
I'll decide what is overly hostile thank you! If it isn't clear how do you know it unwarranted, when it isn't clear I look for MS involvement!! LOL

K. What are QQ games? If you get them running under wine, We'd appreciate a heads up here as well! ":O} Give your Family my best in the New Year!
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QQ = cry if I do believe.
Yup, could be a pair of crying eyes (and sounds right - 哭哭=ku ku) but not in this context.

Tencent software's QQ instant messenger is/was a Jabber-based IM client popular in China that also happens to interface (badly) with IRQ - hence the QQ. As you might expect they've branched out somewhat to keep market share and with QQ comes various games and software, such as mahjiang with webcam support (so you can see and chat to the people you're playing with), Atomic Bomberman clones, Mario Kart clones and so on. They're fairly light-weight games that run on the very basic PCs most people can afford and all have some sort of chat/webcam/social aspect to them, which fits well with Chinese culture.

QQ is also a Chinese brand of car, completely unrelated.

Website's here: ÌÚѶÊ×Ò³ WINDOWS USERS: DON'T GO THERE. Tencent Software are also alleged to have produced a lot of malware and confirmed to install backdoors and keyloggers with their IM app. (And anyway, there's no English in sight on that page.)
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Happy new year Robbie! ":O}
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Thank you K. Not however what I was hoping for! ":O}
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So what were you hoping for, then?
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PC games...sigh... I know I'm just another voice crying in the wilderness...":O}

( And yes I do know many of them do run and quite well in Linux... But to really piss Bill off I need them all to! ":O}
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