In an attempt to familiarize the concept of open source software, China has developed an operating system with the help of a software company, Canonical. The Ubuntu based operating system is named as Kylin. The name, Kylin is derived from Qilin, mythical hooved Chinese beast. It will be open-source software customized for Chinese users. It is expected to be released on April, 2013.
The first version of Ubuntu Kylin OS can be used in both desktop and laptop. Moreover it will be tailored to Chinese calendars and character sets.
Kylin will run on servers so that websites, online shops and hosting firms can use this OS. China also plans to include tools to access Baidu maps, Taobao shopping services and office programs.
China is striving hard to let its IT sector not to depend on American software by developing indigenous software products.