Canonical Ubuntu Basis of National, Open Source OS for China
Canonical, in concert with the Chinese government and local developers, is building an Ubuntu-based, open source operating system for China.
China, with a population of some 1.3 billion people, is without doubt the mother lode of operating system markets in terms of number of potential users, with the potential to cascade a dramatic expansion in reach for Ubuntu and Linux. In other words, this could be big.
The project is a co-venture between the China Software and Integrated Chip Promotions Center (CSIP), National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) and Canonical to develop a Linux-based version of Ubuntu called Ubuntu Kylin to be released next month, housing elements tailored specifically for the Chinese market, according to a Canonical statement.
CSIP is a part of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MII). The Ubuntu project is tied to the Chinese government’s five-year plan to get more people using open source software and facilitate an open source ecosystem in China. Along those lines, the BBC reported that China wants to move off of proprietary Western software—as in Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) in favor of locally developed platforms.
As part of the collaboration, CSIP, NUDT and Canonical together have formed the CCN Open
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