China launches homegrown OS to compete with pirated US software


China's OS: If you can't beat 'em, ban 'em.

China -- satisfied it has conquered all Earth based manufacturing -- is now on a long march towards dominating the software market. Or at least it hopes anyway. Actions such as banning Windows 8 and Google services is a start, but it would probably sting foreign software companies more if most of the apps running on Chinese computers weren't likely pirated copies in the first place.

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Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.


Gregg Keizer rolls his own linux distro:

China hopes to launch a home-grown operating system by October to wean the country from foreign-made OSes like Windows, the government-run Xinhua news agency said Sunday.  MORE


Chris Duckett has seen this before:

A homegrown Chinese operating system would not be new territory for the government, as the nation has a history of creating Linux distributions for desktop and mobile devices.


The China Operating System (COS) is a state-funded Linux platform for mobile devices. However, the code was not released under an open-source licence, due to concerns that open-source platforms were insecure and "failed to acclimatize" in the Chinese market.  MORE


Steven Musil grapples with censorship:

The Chinese government has long grappled with American-based technology companies, including Microsoft and Google. The country routinely blocks several Google services, including search, Gmail, and YouTube, in a broad online fight over censorship.


The Chinese government has also voiced concern that Android had too much control over the local market.  MORE


Richard Chirgwin vacuums up debris:

Ni Guangnan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering told [a] local trade magazine the [new] OS will first hit on desktop machines.


[The] combination of Windows XP's end-of-life plus the country's ban on Windows 8 sales in government procurement has created a vacuum the OS development effort hopes to fill.  MORE


Meanwhile, Pranav Dixit is here to stay:

To be fair, China's own OS is not going to suddenly replace Windows and Android. Despite a release date that's only about two months away, it's still incomplete. Guangnan says that he hoped the system would replace Windows in about two years, and Android in about five.  MORE

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