Openness versus secrecy: the new Chinese OS OpenKylin against Windows and macOS
OpenKylin 1.0 paves the way for leadership in OS development.
July 5th in China presented China’s first open source desktop operating system, OpenKylin 1.0.
OpenKylin is one of a series of Chinese-made operating systems installed on computers, servers, and smartphones used in China’s financial, energy, and space programs.
An open source OS gives users the right to see the source code and modify it as they wish. For comparison, OS Windows from Microsoft and macOS from Apple are not open source, and users cannot see how the OS is written.
According to the OS official website, OpenKylin 1.0 is based on linux and a community of 3,867 developers, 74 Special Interest Groups (SIGs), and 271 enterprises.
Initial testing showed that OpenKylin is very similar to Canonical’s Ubuntu, but OpenKylin was built from the ground up, combining separate open-source programs into a complete OS. Thus, OpenKylin will not be controlled by Canonical or any other developer company.
What distinguishes OpenKylin from other Linux distributions is its community-developed UKUI desktop environment. The OS comes with pre-installed software – WPS office suite, Firefox web browser and various video players. OpenKylin also has an integrated app store that offers native Linux apps as well as Windows and Android apps that work with emulators.
OpenKylin can run on x86 computers, but also offers corresponding versions for Arm and RISC-V computers. OpenKylin’s main competitor in China is the Linux distribution Deepin, whose author has already promised to create an independent community of open source developers.