Ubuntu tapped by China for national operating system
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Ubuntu is going to become the reference architecture for a Linux distribution, backed and developed by the Chinese government.
The news means Ubuntu-stewards Canonical will work with China's National University of Defense Technology, and The China Software and Integrated Chip Promotions Center, to develop a Chinese-flavored version of the popular Linux distribution.
This software will help China provide "a flexible, open, widely-used and standardized operating system," Canonical said on Thursday.
"This collaboration will bring local investment and participation to ensure that the platform is relevant for the Chinese market, and close coordination with the global Ubuntu project ensures that it is familiar to software and hardware vendors, and useful for export products made by Chinese companies as well," Canonical chief executive Jane Silber said in a statement.
A "CCN Open Source Innovation Joint Lab" has been create in Beijing where where engineers from all three organizations will code "an enhanced version of the Ubuntu desktop with features specific to the Chinese market".
The first distribution made under this scheme will come out in April 2013 and will be named Ubuntu Kylin.
Chinese specific features in the 13.04 release include Chinese input methods and Chinese calendars, along with weather indicators and integration of various Chinese sites into the Dash.