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China develops national open-source operating system

The Telegraph -The Chinese government is working with the software company Canonical, which is behind the open-source Ubuntu operating system (OS).

The collaboration is expected to produce a system similar to Ubuntu but tailored for the Chinese user.

The first version of Ubuntu Kylin, as it is being called, is due to be launched next month and is intended for desktop and laptop computers.

It will differ from the standard Ubuntu system in its use of Chinese characters and in the way it uses Chinese date conventions. It will also include weather indicators and integration of various Chinese sites such as Baidu maps, the Taobao shopping service.

The move is an attempt to stop China being reliant on Western software and to get more Chinese people the opportunity to modify computer coding themselves.