China started a new wave of change in the platform war between Linux and Microsoft ,they adopted Linux as the base architecture cornering the Windows from the mainstream OS market. China announced the collaboration with Canonical making Ubuntu as an official reference architecture.The new collaborated group CCN, will develop Ubuntu Kylin, with the release in conjunction with Ubuntu 13.04.
“CSIP, Canonical and NUDT share the goal of widespread adoption of high quality Linux on personal devices and in the cloud,” said Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical. “This collaboration will bring local investment and participation to ensure that the platform is relevant for the Chinese market, and close coordination with the global Ubuntu project ensures that it is familiar with software and hardware vendors, and useful for export products made by Chinese companies as well.”
The initial work of the CCN Joint Lab is focused on the development of an enhanced version of the Ubuntu desktop with features specific to the Chinese market. The new version is called Ubuntu Kylin and the first version will be released in April 2013 in conjunction with Ubuntu’s global release schedule. Future work will extend beyond the desktop to other platforms.
Future releases will include integration with Baidu maps and leading shopping service Taobao, payment processing for Chinese banks, and real-time train and flight information. The Ubuntu Kylin team is cooperating with WPS, the most popular office suite in China, and is creating photo editing and system management tools which could be incorporated into other flavours of Ubuntu worldwide.