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China's homegrown desktop OS could hit market in October

By Himanshu Arora ยท 12 replies
Aug 25, 2014
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  1. In an effort to break foreign software monopoly, China is developing its own operating system, and is hoping to launch it by October. The OS will initially be made available for desktops, with support for smartphone and other mobile devices coming...

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  2. Spykezxp

    Spykezxp TS Addict Posts: 294   +73

    Question is: Are they doing this to break free from an Operating System that may be "spying" on them (or) do they themselves think its a great idea and want to have an Operating System they can spy on their own people with?
    CanadEan84 and Seraphim401 like this.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,968   +2,869

    Well it sure didn't take them long. It usually takes MS about 4 years to develop then release a fully functional, tested OS, it sounds like it took them around 4 weeks... They must know a shortcut.
  4. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    The Chinese government is not known for honesty in press releases, neither are they known for quality products. An operating system developed by a controlling government? Sounds honest to me! I bet they just want to make peoples lives easier...yeah. :D
  5. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 894   +261

    Yes and yes.
  6. My own opinion: I would not trust it as far as I could code it... and I am NOT a coder. A government sponsored OS, brought to you by a government that controls information and internet access..... it screams of "built-in spyware" to me.
  7. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +84

    At least we always have a linux option.
  8. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,171   +203

    Giant corporations on the other hand are completely trustworthy, And have no say at all on government policy.
  9. Of course if I was part of the Chinese government, I would want to use Chinese software. Same as the American government using American software. Outside of government however, neither should be trusted by consumers.
  10. If history repeats itself, this OS that China is developing will also be based off of Linux, which is
    more or less still an US operating system. Linus has been living in the US since 1996. I seriously doubt that China would be building on the original code that Linus developed when he was still living in Helsinki
  11. Gaara

    Gaara TS Booster Posts: 103   +26

    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%!!!
  12. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,678   +1,070

    Yes, poor China..they've never spied on anyone. /facepalm
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,494   +2,293

    They probably just decompiled Windows XP.

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