Skip to comments.China Is Looking at Linux to Shake Its Dependency on Windows XP
Posted on 04/25/2014 7:14:59 AM PDT by ShadowAce
- Ubuntu Kylin
|China is one of the countries that have suffered the most when Microsoft decided to pull the plug on Windows XP. The Chinese government is now looking towards Linux to fill that gap, and it intends to use its resources to make that happen.
China has been struggling for years to make its own Linux operating system, but it had little success. At one point it had something called the Red Flag Linux distribution, but the project never really got off the ground and lost all support from the Chinese government.
Microsoft's decision to stop issuing security updates for Windows XP has determined the Chinese authorities to start looking for answers, and it seems that Linux might be the solution. Windows XP still occupies a large portion of the market, with a little over 50%, so it's understandable why they might consider that it's time for a change.
According to a report made by news.xinhuanet.com, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is looking to provide the needed support for an operating system that is ready to replace Windows XP.
The ministry will beef up support for the development of such an OS.The shutdown will bring risks directly to China's basic telecommunication networks and threaten its overall security, said Zhang Feng, the chief engineer of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
There are numerous other Linux distributions that would gladly take the opportunity to expand into such a large market, including Red Hat, which is a commercial enterprise. The best positioned operating system right now that could do the job is Ubuntu Kylin, a new Ubuntu flavor that was first released a little over a year ago.
It may be an official Ubuntu flavor, but the Ubuntu developers are not involved in the project. It's being built by Chinese programmers and focuses on that particular culture, with its own apps and governing principles.
What's even more interesting is that the developers of Ubuntu Kylin are already working with China's National University of Defense Technology and The China Software and Integrated Chip Promotions Center, which means that they are definitely on the Chinese government's radar.
It remains to be seen if Linux or Ubuntu Kylin will manage to make an impact in China. You can imagine that Microsoft will not sit idle and will most likely make some very hard to resist offers.
Perfect for general stuff such as word processing and surfing the net.
Not so good for more specialized stuff.
Hence the term "specialized."
Windows isn't good for more specialized stuff, either. The article isn't talking about specialization, but general desktop applications.
China probably has 2 or 3 copies of XP. The rest are bootleg.
Where is Golden Eagle to explain all of this info?
> Games galore on XP/Windows. None on Ubuntu.
> For years, I used a pro version of video editing software on XP and have no complaints. The equivalent “free version” on Ubuntu is lame (at best).
I made the decision to stick with XP because of all of my apps.
BTW, another issue with Ubuntu — Netflix won't run under my version of Ubuntu. The problem might be that I need to upgrade.
I'd consider being able to run Netflix a bit more general and not specialized.
Games galore on XP/Windows. None on Ubuntu.
LOL! He hasn’t been around in quite a while
> Hey, I love Ubuntu but it does have its limitations.
> Perfect for general stuff such as word processing and
> surfing the net.
> Not so good for more specialized stuff.
For development, I prefer RHEL, CentOS, Fedora.
I don’t know of a Linux that runs video/audio processing software of the caliber available for Windows and Mac.
I’d love to see something like Camtasia and CuBase avaialble for Linux.
The problem is providing a port of these apps to work on the myriad Linux distributions, almost all of which are using different kernel versions, different versions of X, different window managers, etc.
Still not as well supported as Windows. World of Warcraft, Diablo, etc. etc.
Do you run Netflix?
And as you mention, the setup — I found that google is your friend. However, the average non techie person would struggle with it.
What is the difference between Ubuntu and Mint? One of my complaints with Linux is finding a driver for the hardware. And a lot of times, the drivers were repackaged windows drivers that didn't work that well.
Ubuntu was a one stop shop for my Dell E1505. Everything worked! I am also running the server on another PC (for https WebDAV and a little family web server).
BTW, I am not an expert. Just mostly a "hacker." :)
Rats, China is ditching the world’s worst OS, thereby greatly reducing their vulnerability. One would have hoped they would have continued their quest for mediocracy by “upgrading” to Windows whatever...but they’ve decided to go for something written by adults.
Sounds like you are a real techie. I am just a casual user with basic understanding.
It is difficult for a company to justify putting tens of thousands of man hours and millions of dollars of NRE into a software program that will be free.
> It is difficult for a company to justify putting tens of
> thousands of man hours and millions of dollars of NRE into
> a software program that will be free.
Not all software that runs in Linux is free.
And many are the souls that would be very willing to pay for software like Camtasia and CuBase on Linux.
There are basically two pricing models.
* Pay full-price once and pay upgrade-price for major upgrades
* Buy a subscription and get the upgrades free
The problem lies with the daunting task of having to develop for umpteen different distributions.
How about if they target one distribution. For example, a consumer app might be best suited for Ubuntu. Certainly not fedora or the more techie distributions that are targeted at developers.
I am only favoring Ubuntu since I have used it a bit (as a consumer). But it seems to be the closest to a mainstream distribution.
Just my 2cents. :)
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