China chooses Ubuntu as state-endorsed operating system

Canonical, the organization behind popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, is working alongside the Chinese government to deliver a state-endorsed operating system.

According to Canonical, it’s working alongside the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to bring a suitable Ubuntu version to China. The operating system, which will be known as Ubuntu Kylin, is expected to be released in April.

Ubuntu Kylin is part of a broader strategy on China’s part to increase the adoption of open-source initiatives in the country, according to Canonical. China’s ministry was deciding between several different Linux distributions before ultimately choosing Ubuntu.

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