The China Software and Integrated Chip Promotions Centre (CSIP) is building an operating system based on the Ubuntu open source operating system. The CSIP stated that the Ubuntu would go to be new reference architecture for an OS targeting the Chinese market. The CSIP plans to release the Ubuntu 13.04-based Kylin desktop OS in April this year and will extend the Kylin OS to other platforms later this year.
“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 to software and hardware vendors, and useful for export products made by Chinese companies as well,” Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical, said in a statement.
The Ubuntu Kylin OS will features applications including Chinese input methods and Chinese calendars, a new weather indicator which cater according to Chinese market while the future releases will include Baidu maps and shopping service Taobao integration, payment processing for Chinese banks and real-time train and flight information.