China expects to have its own desktop OS by October, wants to ditch Windows

Here is something that Google, Apple and Microsoft will all likely agree on: building an OS for thousands of variations of hardware is not easy. So when China says that it wants to build an OS to reduce its dependency on products from these three manufacturers, it is a monumental endeavor -- but one that is not impossible.

Here's the deal. China isn’t happy with the US and already has beef with Windows 8, so to reduce its need on US-made software, it will make its own. While there are not many specifics on what China intends to start deploying in October, our guess would be that it would be a variation of Linux. Why? Well, to build an entirely new OS from scratch would take years to catch up to anything close of that of Windows or OS X, and Linux offers a shortcut to building your own desktop environments. 

"We hope to launch a Chinese-made desktop operating system by October supporting app stores," Ni told the trade paper. Some Chinese OS already existed, but there was a large gap between China's technology and that of developed countries, he added.
 

China hopes to start with a desktop OS and then move to smartphones utilizing a version of Android. By creating their own version of software, the goal is to reduce the fear that US based companies have built-in backdoors into their products so that the US can spy on foreign activities.

Of course, as we have seen, deploying Linux in an enterprise type setup does not always go as planned. Windows and OS X have advanced features for network management and group management, such as Active Directory on Windows, that is not as mature on a Linux setup. Still, China believes that it can work with the software to build a solution that is comparable to Microsoft, Apple, or Google's current solutions.

China has quite a few citizens connected to the web, so if they are able to build and deploy their own OS, it could hurt the bottom line of Microsoft and others. Of course, Microsoft also said that 9/10 copies of Windows in that country are pirated, so it may not be that big of a financial hit. 

Only time will tell if China is able to build and deploy its own OS and maintain the same level of productivity.

Source: BI | Image Credit: Edudemic

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Techinally linux is a more powerful system then windows and they dont take forever to fix something like windows does.... just because you dont know how to use it

I hope Microsoft leads the way for western corporations to say goodbye to China, their money is not worth the theft, human rights violations, environmental destruction and bullying...at least I hope that MS gives China the big middle finger and others follow suit.

I would use an abacus before I would touch a Chinese operating system.

yeah waste time on another linux flavor, just like german goverment that in the end it switched back to windows...

China has increasingly sought to limit the use of US technology in the wake of Snowden's leaks. The Chinese authorities recently banned government use of Windows 8, and also launched anti-monopoly investigations against Microsoft.... I agree 100%!!!

Could this mean a viable alternative to Microsoft's Windows? An OS with selectable UIs that are suitable for the devices on which it will be run? Someone needs to fulfill the needs of the marketplace that Microsoft seems to have abandoned.

TsarNikky said,
Could this mean a viable alternative to Microsoft's Windows? An OS with selectable UIs that are suitable for the devices on which it will be run? Someone needs to fulfill the needs of the marketplace that Microsoft seems to have abandoned.

If you're this obsessed with switching UIs, have you though about using Linux?

Second, would you *really* want to use a Chinese made OS?

My thoughts... either:

1. China will have a functioning OS to show the world, but it's a cover to not pay for Windows.
or
2. China;s own OS is about controlling their own population, not about "freedom" from an American OS.

shouldn't really hurt MS, if i remember correctly i read somewhere some ridiculous percentage (~90%) of windows in china is pirated anyway.

also im sure the chinese will probably just take apart a current version of windows and reverse engineer it and make a crappy clone like they do with everything else.

If you bothered reading the article instead of just reading the headline, you would see that it stated that right in the article:

Microsoft also said that 9/10 copies of Windows in that country are pirated, so it may not be that big of a financial hit.

Even 1/10 legal copies in a country with a population of 1.35 billion is still quite a large market to ignore.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Even 1/10 legal copies in a country with a population of 1.35 billion is still quite a large market to ignore.

Even so, its not as big as you might think. Microsoft has said in the past that they make less revenue in China than the Netherlands because of piracy.

They manufacture all of U.S. products. I am going to laugh my ass off when they say "forget it" and start calling it their own and steal our software too. That is what the corporations get for putting everything in China.

They were using Windows till now, wouldn't that make Windows the communist choice too, by your logic? And stretching it a bit while we are at it, most of the stuff you own was probably made in China. Does that make you a communist?

_Alexander said,
If they use Linux, it will be official, Linux is the Communist choice

was that supposed to be funny? clearly you havent lived in a country ruled by comunism, but in a country ruled by "funny" people like jerry seinfeld, i dont expect you to understand what it is

Until this actually happens, the announcement may be nothing more than pressure being put on Microsoft to greatly reduce pricing in China.

So based on what I've seen out of China and UI design, it will be a complete rip of an existing OS, probably Windows or OS X, havent seen much that proves they can design

Cesar Mattos said,
No Linux they will use the http://www.reactos.org/

They would have their work cut out for them if they go that route. They're saying they want this OS deployed by October and ReactOS is not even close to maturity yet.

IanHead said,

They would have their work cut out for them if they go that route. They're saying they want this OS deployed by October and ReactOS is not even close to maturity yet.

But it provides them a perfect base to start & might revive REACTOS.

Interesting. A Linux implementation would be the only alternative that makes sense to me - licencing a kernel from Msft or Apple's unix core would defeat the purpose and developing their own from scratch would be nuts.

There are already some good Chinese Linux distros out there - Deepin springs to mind.

By creating their own version of software, the goal is to reduce the fear that US based companies have built-in backdoors into their products so that the US can spy on foreign activities.

I'd be more worried about what they put into it, never mind ramming it down peoples throats doesn't really gel with the whole Linux ideal to begin with.

LogicalApex said,
Sounds cute, but Microsoft can't lose China...

Microsoft sure was making a lot of profit off all those pirated copies of Windows XP China uses. I say we ditch China.

Yes because even at 10% that is 136,637,000 people - you would be a fool to think you can lose that much business and have it not affect you.

Depicus said,
Yes because even at 10% that is 136,637,000 people - you would be a fool to think you can lose that much business and have it not affect you.

That's assuming the 100% of the population is using a PC.

Enron said,

That's assuming the 100% of the population is using a PC.

Maybe not but let us say 10% of that - it is still nearly 14 million. If you can turn down, at worst, 14 million customers and with the halo effect a huge potential more with Windows Phone, Xbox and other services then you really are stupid.

Whatever your bedroom politics, no firm can afford to miss out on the biggest market in the world.