In its bid to reduce the reliance on foreign operating system giants like Microsoft and Apple and also to promote open source operating system in the China, the Chinese Government has decided to adopt Ubuntu as the nation’s “default” operating system. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, will be initially working on an Ubuntu OS project for desktop which is codename Kylin. The OS development will be done alongside CISP and China’s National University of Defense Technology. Kylin will include applications that are focused on the Chinese market such as payment services in Chinese banks, online shopping portals and Baidu maps.
The Chinese government has already expressed concerns over Android’s growing control in the China’s smartphone market. To loosen Android’s stranglehold, there are also plans to release the Chinese version of Ubuntu OS for smartphones and servers. Looks like China wants to be independent in all aspects from culture, economy to technology.