China Wants Its Own Homegrown OS To Replace Windows And Android

China Wants Its Own Homegrown OS To Replace Windows And Android

The Chinese computing market looks much like most of the world. Windows rules desktops. Android rules smartphones. Now, the Chinese government wants to challenge both giants by putting its own homegrown operating system on everything.

A Reuters report says that a senior official with COS — The China OS project — appeared on the Xinhua news agency on Sunday to claim that the Linux-based operating system will launch as soon as October on desktops and will expand to smartphones and tablets later.

"Creating an environment that allows us to contend with Google, Apple and Microsoft: that is the key to success," the Chinese Academy of Engineering's Ni Guangnan told Xinhua.

To be fair, China's own OS is not going to suddenly replace Windows and Android. Despite a release date that's only about two months away, it's still incomplete. Guangnan says that he hoped the system would replace Windows in about two years, and Android in about five. That's ambitious, considering the program lacks research funds and has "too many developers pulling in different directions" according to Xinhua.

The Chinese government and Microsoft haven't been so thick, lately. In May, the Chinese government banned Windows 8 on government computers, allegedly in response to fears about American surveillance. [Xinhua]


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    “Creating an environment that allows us to contend with Google, Apple and Microsoft: that is the key to success,” the Chinese Academy of Engineering’s Ni Guangnan told Xinhua.

    Interpretation: Creating the perfect OS that allows us to completely monitor citizens' user habits and online activities, as well as slowly removing any competition that might inhibit us from surveilling our citizens to our satisfaction.

    What's the bet it'll just be some kind of forked Android/Linux, and most likely be terrible.

      China already has their own terribly underpowered, Linux exclusive computer processors to "compete" with Intel, so this will probably have to run on them.

    A modified linux distribution is not a "homegrown OS".

    I WANT A COPY!
    would be hilarious.

    imagine, it is done by the chinese government, no, big bad america isn't spying on you, it is us, china.

      What are you talking about, governments don't spy on their own people!

    I hear they are going to get rid of the calculator function because its not required...cos....you know... #stereotyping #racism

      i like that...

      have you seen the japanese kids using the abacus? youtube it, you WILL be amazed!

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