Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 14:20 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu This could potentially be quite big for Ubuntu and Linux in general. Canonical and the Chinese government have announced a collaboration to build a version of Ubuntu specifically for the Chinese market, which will become the reference architecture for standard operating systems in the country.
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A couple of points I forgot to mention.

It doesn't really matter if monitoring software stands out to people who can see that sort of thing. Those people are a tiny fraction of the intended user base.

This will probably come pre-installed on devices. The number of people who even know it's possible to change operating systems on a device (let alone actually do it) is again a tiny fraction of the intended user base.

So if/when such monitoring software is found, it might raise a hullabaloo among a few foreign geeks and activists (who the Party/Govt couldn't care less about). A tiny number of Chinese users will say something (but they're the kind who probably wouldn't have used it in the first place). And the vast majority will just carry on, business as usual, with the occasional grumble and the occasional arrest.

At which point Canonical will trot out the standard line of "complying with local laws & regulations".

PS as for the open source love-in claims, why is it being bundled with proprietary apps like Kingsoft WPS Office?

Edited 2013-03-22 19:13 UTC

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