In the context: China’s push to create a domestic desktop operating system is not new. After many years of attempts, the country has not been able to achieve any significant progress in this direction. Government agencies and citizens are still heavily dependent on the Microsoft Windows operating system to this day, but this may change in the coming years.
According to the South China Morning Post, the Chinese government is leading development a desktop operating system that could replace the need for American operating systems such as Windows and macOS.
Kylinsoft, a state-owned subsidiary of China Electronics Corp., is leading the new effort. The company cooperates with several local organizations, such as the National Research Center for the Development of Industrial Information Security. Its first goal is to create an open source community called “openKylin” to encourage more programmers to contribute.
Currently Windows dominates in China with a market share of 85 percent and macOS’s share of just over six percent. Several Linux distributions are currently in use, but each has a market share well below one percent. Kylinsoft developed Kylin Linux in collaboration with the National University of Defense Technology and can only be described as statistical noise.
It will be interesting to see if China’s latest OS initiative succeeds, but chances are good that it won’t. Replacing outdated operating systems that have been in development for decades is a monumental task, and Chinese tech companies are notorious for copying the homework of their Western counterparts.
A little-known fact about Kylin is that at one point he was above 99 percent. plagiarism code from FreeBSD, which damaged its reputation for several years. Modern versions are based on Linux and have a user interface that is clearly inspired by Windows and macOS. It even uses Microsoft’s terrible naming scheme of yesteryear (“Kylin V10 Service Pack 1”).
Perhaps more tellingly, even Chinese market researchers are skeptical about the new project. Liu Dingding, a seasoned Beijing-based analyst, told the Global Times that it will be difficult to challenge Windows and macOS for now. It will be even more difficult for China to create an app ecosystem for its own OS, a lesson Huawei has already learned. learned in the mobile space with HarmonyOS and the AppGallery store.
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