Ubuntu partnership for China

2013-04-03 13:08
Linux Ubuntu is a viable alternative to users who don't feel comfortable with Microsoft's latest version of Windows. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Linux Ubuntu is a viable alternative to users who don't feel comfortable with Microsoft's latest version of Windows. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - Canonical, the company preparing to release an Ubuntu smartphone, has announced that it has secured a partnership with China to roll out a dedicated operating system.

"CSIP [China Software and Integrated Chip Promotions Centre], which is a part of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MII), has selected Canonical's Ubuntu as the basis for that reference architecture in order to provide a flexible, open, widely-used and standardised operating system," Canonical announced on its blog.

The partnership will see China adopting the OS for the market, but instead of being off-the-shelf software, the OS will be specifically written for the Chinese market.

"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," said Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical.

The OS, dubbed, Ubuntu Kylin, includes support for Chinese characters and is scheduled for release in April.

"The release of Ubuntu Kylin brings the Chinese open source community into the global Ubuntu community," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical.

The OS will also integrate with Chinese-developed social networking applications and payment programs. There is also collaboration planned with WPS which builds office software.

It is hoped that the collaboration could lead to the inclusion of these programs in the global Ubuntu package.

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