China is now one step closer to removing Windows from government endpoints, an effort it has been pursuing for more than two decades now.
As I mentioned recordThe country has been laser focused on switching to Linux (Opens in a new tab) Fully amid conflict with the United States, but so far it lacks the support of developers. But now, that may all change with the launch of the openKylin project (Opens in a new tab).
The project’s goal is to accelerate the development of Kylin Linux, an OS distro made entirely in China. Participants in the project will include developers, but also colleges and universities.
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It is said that so far, more than 20 Chinese companies and enterprises have joined the project, including the China Advanced Operating System Innovation Center.
At this point, members will work on release planning and development of the statute and community charter. But in the medium to long term, the members of the project will seek to optimize the operating system for the latest generation of Intel and AMD chips, provide support for RISC-V CPUs, develop x86-to-RISC-V translation layers, improve the interface and so on.
Kylin was launched in 2001 as a core for government and military hardware, but at the time, it was based on FreeBSD. A decade later, in 2010, it switched to Linux, and four years later, an Ubuntu version was introduced.
Meanwhile, the relationship between China and the United States has become increasingly fraught. The US government has accused China of continuing cyber-attacks against its institutions, as well as numerous cyber-espionage campaigns. It has also accused Chinese manufacturers, such as Huawei, of heating their products in back doors, which poses a threat to national security.
On the other hand, China has repeatedly dismissed the allegations as baseless and continues to strive to reduce its dependence on Western-made software, hardware, and services.
Western intelligence agencies also warn that China may be preparing for a major invasion of Taiwan, its eastern neighbor that it claims is nothing more than a breakaway province.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is the world’s largest and most advanced semiconductor manufacturer, and if China goes to war in the country, it could severely disrupt the global technology industry.
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