Windows OS 'replaceable' by Chinese counterparts

Windows OS 'replaceable' by Chinese counterparts

Summary: The ban on Windows 8 by China's central government presents great opportunities for Chinese-originated operating systems, and the key issue now is to build up an ecosystem to feed the growth of these Chinese OSes, reports Xinhua the official news agency in China.

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Chinese OS developers are thrilled at news of the ban on Windows 8 by the central government, as the decision presents an opportunity to seize market share in the future, Xinhua news said on Thursday.

"Domestic OSes are already an alternative to Windows in terms of security, and also easy to use", the agency continued.  This is a result of over a decade of investment in research and development by Chinese developers. A number of domestic OSes are currently available, and some can be downloaded free of charge. Usage of Chinese OSes will help reduce the costs for local computer manufacturers and end-users.

Xinhua cited a Linux-based Deepin OS developed by Wuhan Deepin Technology Co, claiming that testing by reporters shows Deepin's capability "is very close to that of Windows OS", and "it can serve as a substitute for the Windows OS to some extent".  

But the widespread implementation of these domestic OSes also requires the active involvement of software developers as surveys show consumers will not opt for a new OS unless it has a wide range of available software and is easy to use.

Liu Wenhuan, general manager of Wuhan Deepin Technology, told Xinhua that a breakthrough is likely to happen when market share of a domestic OS exceeds 3 percent, which will spur software developers to build applications for these platforms.

The central government's Windows 8 ban can help domestic OS builders gain time and market share and get to the required critical mass, said Liu.  Government policy can help build market potential, and increase the number of software businesses that launch applications and software for Chinese OSes.

Local reports show Windows XP and Windows 7 have a 60.7 percent and 33.4 percent market share respectively, representing 94 percent of the Chinese market.

Topics: Operating Systems, Microsoft, Software, Software Development, China, Windows, Windows 8

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  • I wonder...

    I wonder if the U.S. can file a case with the WTO. It's one thing to encourage the adoption of alternate OS's, it's quite another to outright ban Windows 8 on government systems in order to promote the usage of home grown alternatives.
    dsf3g
    • Keep in mind...

      Keep in mind that the Chinese government didn't cite national security concerns in banning Windows 8. They cited the cost of upgrading from Windows XP. By banning Microsoft's operating system altogether they do not give Microsoft the opportunity to even argue that the Total Cost of Ownership of sticking with Windows, even accounting for upgrade costs, is cheaper than moving to a Linux variant. I'm not going to take a position either way on whether this is true. But I am going to say that Microsoft should be allowed to make that case, and prohibiting even that could well amount to unfair restraint of trade.
      dsf3g
      • They are perfectly within their rights

        The Chinese government is absolutely within their rights to dictate what Government departments use.
        They have made no decree to private organisations, just governmental.
        Every government gives guidelines and restrictions over permissible software/hardware.
        The UK government has mandated the use of .odt files to reduce their reliance on proprietary MS products, and gives them flexibility in the future to move software (if wished).
        No-one owes MS the right to payment.........
        Boothy_p
        • No one owes MS anything, but China isn't exactly being honest here

          They are acting like the end of XP support came as a sudden shock and that they want free support for an operating system nearly a decade and a half old. As if they are going to find that somewhere else by banning Windows8?

          The sad reality for China is that there isn't another operating system that has had longer support than XP. The fact that they continue to buy Windows7 shows just how disingenuous this ban really is, because Windows7 life cycle will end before Windows8.
          Emacho
          • China and XP

            What I've read is that a huge percentage of the XP installations in China are pirated. Likely MS's improvement in stopping illegal copies of Windows from being installed is a big reason why China isn't going to use it in government offices.

            As for using Linux, even the home grown versions of it will need patches and upgrades and eventually old versions of it will no longer have support.
            boomchuck1
          • Does it surprise anyone that Windows is waste of time and money?

            After 13 years of using Windows and suffering and 6 years using Linux has confirmed me totally that Windows OS is total crap, waste of time and money. All goverments should stop wasting money of taxpayers by using that terrible insecure, unstable and far from cost-effective OS.
            MacBroderick
    • especially when the alternate OS is just stolen code anyway

      nt
      greywolf7
      • What was stolen?

        got a list?
        jessepollard
        • RE: Chinese Operating System "COS"

          “Its full name should be Copy Other System,” said one user with the handle “byxu,” in one of the most upvoted comments on Sina weibo. “It’s not open source because they’re terrified that others will see that the source code is the same as Android, and accuse them of cheating the government out of money.”
          greywolf7
          • "said one user with the handle “byxu,”"?

            what? that's what you're going by? how about you read to zdnet user Loverock.Davidson said over the years and tell us if he makes any sense...
            vgrig
          • LOOK EVERYONE!!! HE MENTIONS ME!@!@#@!!

            Thanks for being a fan!
            Loverock.Davidson
          • Grow up

            ….
            RickLively
          • No can do

            He already had reached his "grow up" plateau way back in 19??.
            ruiyin
          • good stuff

            Nice to see you back begging for more "abuses", Mr. Davidson.
            ruiyin
          • Android Open Source Project ASOP

            ASOP is Open Source and can be legally forked by any organization just as Amazon Forked it and Android x86 Forked it. China Companies/Government can do the same. It does not constitute stolen.

            Also The Patent System is the worst excuse for government mandated slavery in existence. Almost every company in The USA fought Congress on its passing into law. Prior to the patent system humans were freely able to study and adapt all things they can in contact with as well as innovate them to remove shortfalls and sell their own products based on their own innovation.

            Allowing an entity to literally own knowledge and provide them with the legal authority to prevent others from studying, adapting or even using knowledge is also the worst form of Tyranny in existance.

            The patent system also completely contradicts The USA Anti-Monopoly laws and established monopolies for up to 100 years at a time.

            Trademarking of Business names, Logos, and Trade Marks is legal to prevent counterfeiting that can not only steal business but also destroy a brand name's reputation if they are low quality.

            Also if you do not think MS can be blocked for sale in a nation you are also wrong. Motorola successfully won a import ban on Windows 7 and X-Box in Germany.

            The USA has a massive amount of laws in place that governs technological purchases for government and it also heavily restricts IT products that are not produced by USA owned companies. It also for years out right forbid use of software released under GPL in The United States Armed Forces even with support and warranty contracts from US companies.
            timothy.m.butterworth
        • Kylin

          In 2006, it was claimed that the Kylin operating system was largely copied from FreeBSD 5.3. An anonymous Chinese student in Australia, who used the pseudonym "Dancefire", carried out a kernel similarity analysis and showed that the similarities between the two operating systems reached 99.45 percent
          greywolf7
          • I suggest you...

            ..re-read BSD license... Oh - and another Commercial OS that started as 99% BSD: SunOS/Solaris
            vgrig
          • Kylin is an Ubuntu package that provides desktop

            oracle@U1404LTS:~$ aptitude search kylin
            p ubuntu-kylin-docs - Ubuntu Kylin Desktop Guide
            p ubuntu-kylin-software-center - Integrated tool to aid in routine system maintenance tasks
            p ubuntukylin-default-settings - Default settings for the Ubuntu Kylin desktop
            p ubuntukylin-keyring - GnuPG keys of the Ubuntu Kylin archive
            v ubuntukylin-keyring:i386 -
            p ubuntukylin-theme - Ubuntu Kylin theme
            p ubuntukylin-wallpapers - Ubuntu Kylin Wallpapers
            p ubuntukylin-wallpapers-saucy - Ubuntu Kylin 13.10 Wallpapers
            p ubuntukylin-wallpapers-trusty - Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 Wallpapers
            ac1234555
          • Kylin is an Ubuntu package that provides chinese desktop

            nt
            ac1234555
          • Kylin

            I have been using Kylin since version 13.04 (Chinese version) and now 14.04. It is as good as stock Ubuntu if not better.
            ruiyin