Featured Articles

HP Stream is a Chromebook killer priced at $200

HP Stream is a Chromebook killer priced at $200

We have been hearing reports of a new breed of affordable Windows notebooks for months. It is alleged that a number…

More...
AMD Radeon R7 SSD line-up goes official

AMD Radeon R7 SSD line-up goes official

AMD has officially launched its first ever SSDs and all three are part of AMD’s AMD Radeon R7 SSD series.

More...
KitKat has more than a fifth of Android users

KitKat has more than a fifth of Android users

Android 4.4 is now running on more than a fifth of Android devices, according to Google’s latest figures.

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Friday, 22 March 2013 10:40

Ubuntu defects to China

Written by Nick Farrell



Canonical signs deal with the Reds

Open source Linux distributor Canonical has signed a deal with the Chinese government to develop a new operating system for the country. Canonical is behind a new reference architecture for Chinese operating system dubbed CSIP. Information Technology (MII), has selected Canonical’s Ubuntu as the basis for that reference architecture.

The big idea is that it will provide a flexible, open, widely-used and standardised operating system as part of the Chinese government’s glorious five year plan. China is a big fan of open source software and wants to accelerate the growth of the open source ecosystem within China. CSIP, Canonical and the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) have formed the CCN Open Source Innovation Joint Lab in Beijing. The Joint Lab hosts engineers from each organisation who will accelerate the development of a China-focused version of Ubuntu for desktop and cloud.

Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical said that CSIP, Canonical and NUDT share the goal of widespread adoption of high quality Linux on personal devices and in the cloud. The move goes beyond language localisation and includes features and applications that cater for the Chinese market.

Planned are Chinese input methods and calendars, a new weather indicator, and software so that users can quickly search across the most popular Chinese music services. Future releases will include integration with Baidu maps and leading shopping service Taobao, payment processing for Chinese banks, and real-time train and flight information.

It will also use WPS, the most popular office suite in China, and is creating photo editing and system management tools which could be incorporated into other flavours of Ubuntu worldwide.

Nick Farrell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments