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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When the time comes to hang the bourgeoisie...
by KLU9 on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 18:49 UTC
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One key detail is that it's not just for the desktop/laptop, but also for phones & tablets, which will vastly outnumber regular PCs, are already a major gateway to the internet & web, and will be the main way ordinary Chinese people access the net.

The Chinese Communist Party/Govt has been uneasy about Android's dominance of China's smartphone/tablet markets. Google has preferred to avoid collaborating with their censorship & monitoring programs.

Now the Party has found a willing partner: if Google won't play ball, Canonical will... for the right price.

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KLU9 Member since:

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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cdude Member since:

Not. The news explicit names desktop and desktop only. If some chinese manufactors will offer Ubuntu Phone devices earliest in 2014 is still open. There is lots of opensource Android competition including Firefox, Sailfish, Tizen. Later even from an asian global player.

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KLU9 Member since:

Errr... did you read it all the way to the end?

“With Ubuntu Kylin, China now has its own secure and stable desktop operating system, produced alongside Ubuntu's global community. Ubuntu combines proven technology with a mature ecosystem and strong OEM and ISV partners, and this initiative allows the Joint Lab to bring those strengths to China across the full range of platforms: desktop, server, cloud, tablet and phone.”

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