China has recently rolled out OpenKylin 1.0, its inaugural open-source desktop operating system (OS). The primary objective behind this launch is to diminish dependence on US technology and establish an autonomous software ecosystem. With OpenKylin, China aims to bolster the development of homegrown software, reducing reliance on Western technologies.
The Launch of OpenKylin 1.0
OpenKylin 1.0 has emerged as China’s first open-source desktop OS, serving as a significant stride toward the country’s quest for self-sufficient software alternatives. The project has been a collaborative effort, involving various Chinese companies and organizations. Notably, Union Tech Software Technology Co. Ltd. is actively working on its proprietary OS, called ‘Unity,’ as a potential substitute for Microsoft’s Windows and Apple’s MacOS.
Supporters and Contributors
China’s Industrial Control System Emergency Response Team, under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, has played a key role in spearheading the introduction of OpenKylin. Additionally, over ten software companies have lent their support to the development and release of this open-source desktop system.
Introducing OpenKylin 1.0
OpenKylin 1.0 is an open-source desktop software that has been jointly developed by a consortium of Chinese companies, led by China Electronic Corp. It functions as a Linux-based operating system, benefiting from the expertise of a community comprising around 4,000 developers. Unlike closed-source alternatives like Windows and MacOS, OpenKylin grants users access to its source code, enabling them to customize and modify the software as per their requirements.
Benefits and Impact
The introduction of OpenKylin signifies a substantial step forward in China’s pursuit of self-reliant software solutions. Homegrown software assumes vital significance in propelling infrastructure development and fostering the growth of the digital economy. The key benefits and impacts of OpenKylin are as follows:
- Advancement of Domestic Operating Systems: OpenKylin facilitates continuous iteration and enhancements, contributing to the improvement of domestic operating systems.
- Enhanced Security Measures: OpenKylin prioritizes the security of critical sectors such as government affairs, communications, energy, and transportation, bolstering their resilience.
- Reliable Software Services: OpenKylin aims to provide dependable foundational software services, strengthening the IT industrial chain within the country.
China’s launch of OpenKylin 1.0, the nation’s inaugural open-source desktop operating system, represents a significant milestone in establishing an independent software ecosystem and reducing dependence on US technology. The introduction of OpenKylin is poised to stimulate the development of homegrown software, which will serve as the cornerstone for infrastructure expansion and foster the growth of the digital economy.
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