Chinese Government to completely switch from Windows to Linux by 2020

A man smokes while using a computer at an Internet cafe in Taiyuan

The Chinese government has announced a new timeframe which will see the country migrate from Windows to Linux-based operating system. The time frame consists of 15% of government computers being switched to Linux per year according to opensource news site themukt.com.

The site reports that a report by Ni Guangnan outlining the transition, won government approval and by 2020 the Chinese Government’s transition to Linux should be complete. This developments comes with no surprise at all considering that earlier this year the Chinese government officially banned Windows 8 from use on all government computers citing security concerns. The development came after the US and China accused each other of hacking and cyber-espionage.

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Already the Chinese have their own desktop Operating System dubbed Ubunty Kylin which is based  on Ubuntu, the most popular opensource computer operating system in the market. The OS was conceived after Canonical, the commercial company behind Ubuntu reached an agreement with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China to co-create and release a Ubuntu-based OS with features targeted at the Chinese market in 2013.

The OS packs great features such as Chinese input methods, Chinese calendars, a weather indicator, and online music search from the Dash. Future versions are expected to include an integration with Baidu maps, the Taobao shopping service, as well as versions of office programs and image management tools as the country migrates fully to its own controlled operating system.

Image: Reuters

  • Jemimah

    If a ban like this happens at my work place I will be in trouble. How does one transition from what they are accustomed to and used since their first computer experience(Windows, at the time I think it was in DOS mode) to the new kid on the block 🙂

    • @disqus_AVHA0ATvSD:disqus transitioning is something that is usually uncomfortable at the beginning because it requires us to leave our comfort zones, but it can be easy once you change your attitude towards change. Also, the concepts literally remain the same. It’s the user interface that defers to the ordinary user!