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China Speaks Ubuntu

March 22nd, 2013 - 12:02 pm

China wants to move to homegrown for its new national desktop OS:

Ubuntu maker Canonical has signed a deal with the Chinese government to create a new version of Ubuntu. For China, this is widely seen as an attempt “to wean its IT sector off Western software in favour of more home-grown alternatives,” the BBC reported.

In other words, it’s an attempt to move from Windows to Linux. According to NetMarketshare statistics, Windows has 91.62 percent market share on the desktop in China, compared to 1.21 percent for Linux. The other 7.17 percent is OS X.

China is developing a new reference architecture for operating systems, based on Ubuntu. The Chinese version of Ubuntu—called Ubuntu Kylin—will be released next month in conjunction with Ubuntu’s regular release cycle.

I guess they’re not fans of Metro, either.

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I suspect their motivation is closer to that of my paranoid friends who use linux: Less cooperation with the NSA….
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I've just created a petition at whitehouse.gov asking the government to increase pressure on Iran to release the American Christian pastor Saeed Abedini. Could you please promote this petition so that we can help this tortured American be released?

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another big fan of windows 8
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