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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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Sat 23rd Mar 2013 02:06 UTC
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2005-07-06

What the government wants and what the citizens do are two entirely different things; the government wants home grown technology so that Chinese consumer firms can rise and compete on the world stage but local Chinese consumers still prefer buying iPhones and other gadgets. End of the day though the idea of 'national champions' aka economic nationalism (popularised in France by Jacques Chirac) is looking pretty anachronistic when one considers a world where companies are global and the headquarters are located in XYZ either because of historical or taxation reasonings and borders are disappear fast via economic co-operation organisations. It is cute that Ubuntu is being added to a list of operating systems 'receiving the blessing' of the Chinese authorities but the influence on the Chinese economy is going to be pretty minor.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by Treza on Sat 23rd Mar 2013 03:05 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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2006-01-11

Actually, protectionism works pretty well in IT.

China (and russia) have its own search engines, social and online stores...

Likewise the USA has a very strong NIH syndrom and shamelessly protects its big firms.

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Sat 23rd Mar 2013 13:12 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Actually, protectionism works pretty well in IT.

China (and russia) have its own search engines, social and online stores...

Likewise the USA has a very strong NIH syndrom and shamelessly protects its big firms.


I guess one could argue that from a national security perspective the idea of running an operating system from a potential enemy or competitor doesn't bode to well when it comes to full disclosure of its codebase when one considers espionage. With that being said it is interesting how willing the west has been to push much of its hardware assembly and manufacturing into China.

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