China launches first open-source computer operating system

Alex Omenye
Alex Omenye

China has launched OpenKylin, its first domestic open-source desktop operating system, as the country intensifies attempts to reduce its reliance on American technology.

China’s version of the open-source Linux operating system, which was made available on Wednesday and is based on the current version, was created by a group of about 4,000 developers and is utilized by the country’s space programme as well as sectors like banking and energy, they added.

According to state media, which cited an industry report, the enormous operating systems market in China last year was valued 15.5 billion yuan ($2.1 billion).

China’s IT industry has been working towards developing an operating system that is independent of American technology in recent years, and many businesses and organizations have contributed to the creation of the OpenKylin system.

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