China continues to insist on technological independence with its own hardware and Linux
China has insisted on technological independence. For this, the country works on the development of its own operating systems, and also on its hardware. An example of this is the investment made in the development of processors, screens, and everything else that disconnects them from the American or European dependency.
At a time that seems strategic, some media outlets in the country reaffirm that China is about to achieve this independence.
China wants US software and hardware out of doors
There has been talk of China's intention to achieve technological independence for many years. Currently, there are even more reasons than its main competitor, the United States. China wants its hardware and software. In this sense, the strategy seems to be being achieved in several segments.
As we have seen over the years, the Asian giant has tried several times to ban the use of Windows. Of the last attempts, the defined deadline was the year 2020. At that time, it was the end of the use of Windows in public administration. Now, sources say it may not be in 2020, but it will be shortly after.
According to the Chinese information portal, Abacus, China will be well on its way to developing and improving its own microchips - although they are not as sophisticated as the Americans. However, with regard to the operating system that will run on that hardware, the choice remains based on Linux. Specifically, the Unified Operating System (UOS) distribution, whose most significant recent breakthrough would have been able to boot in 30 seconds on equipment produced inside doors.
The UOS operating system has an old look, when compared, for example, with Deepin.
Linux “Unified Operating System” comes after betting on Kylin
In the past, the Chinese have tried to replace the Windows operating system with the Linux Kylin distro, but there has been little success. Later, more steps were taken, including acquisitions of companies to change the paradigm.
As such, UOS is not born out of nowhere. It is developed by the company Union Tech and is based on the popular Deepin distribution, well known in the world for offering a high level of desktop experience, as well as the rapid progress it has made in recent years. In addition, this distribution enjoys a reputation for “liking” basic free software, but there are some contradictions here.
Deepin looks inspired by macOS
While all Deepin software, such as the Linux kernel, is open source and the base of the system was moved a few years ago to Debian, the most important community distribution in the GNU / Linux segment on which others like Ubuntu are based, Deepin it is also known to include numerous proprietary packages by default, such as the Chinese office suite WPS Office. Anyway, this is a small detail that will not be as relevant to the subject.
The relevant fact is that in December 2019 Union Tech bought Deepin Technology, whose founder is now responsible for Union Tech, and since then they have been working on adapting the software to national hardware, in order to comply with government regulations that require the abandoning all foreign hardware and software in government offices and public institutions within three years.
This directive was also launched last December, motivated by the “current international climate” generated by the conflict created by the United States against Huawei. In addition to this challenge, there are others that China has faced in order not to depend on the United States. Thus, the edition of Windows 10 China Governmentally will not get very far.