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China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously?

PARIS — Xinhua, China's news agency, reported Aug. 24 that China's homegrown operating system will be unveiled in October.

Xinhua quoted Ni Guangnan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering saying that the OS will be first seen on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.

Ni's comments were originally reported by the People's Post and Telecommunications News, an official trade paper run by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

China's ambition to develop its own OS has been long known. Ni, in fact, heads an OS development alliance established in March in China.

For the full story, see EBN sister site EE Times.

— Junko Yoshida is the Chief International Correspondent for EE Times.

24 comments on “China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously?

  1. SP
    September 3, 2014

    Wow this is something so interesting for CHina to do. Making its own OS. What is the need for that?? Is technology getting constraint by geographical boundaries. Will it be in Chinese language. Knowing that China is the biggest producer and consumer of these gadgets that deploy OS, its another way to monoplise things and getting world to listen to them in their own terms. SO very interesting…so much to watch for.

  2. Daniel
    September 4, 2014

    “Xinhua, China's news agency, reported Aug. 24 that China's homegrown operating system will be unveiled in October. Xinhua quoted Ni Guangnan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering saying that the OS will be first seen on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.”

    Junko, good one more native OS. I think Chinese OS may be fully in Chinese language, which cannot be used by outside peoples. One major security concern with OS is how we can believe MS; if it's get installed in mission critical devices. I heard that similarly India also developed an OS “BOSS” for their defence systems.

  3. Daniel
    September 4, 2014

    “Wow this is something so interesting for CHina to do. Making its own OS. What is the need for that?? Is technology getting constraint by geographical boundaries. Will it be in Chinese language. Knowing that China is the biggest producer and consumer of these gadgets that deploy OS, its another way to monoplise things and getting world to listen to them in their own terms”

     SP, I think Chinese OS may be fully in their own language and scripts, which cannot be used by outside peoples. One major security concern with OS is how we can believe MS or other general OS, when its get installing in mission critical devices. So if it's a native OS, such concerns can be addressed properly.

  4. _hm
    September 6, 2014

    Will this help China isolate their secret needs from western hackers? Or it may become difficult for others to espionage.

  5. SunitaT
    September 17, 2014

    @_hm: I smell another North Korea in the making. China wants to have complete control of what its 1.4 billion strong population views and reviews. But I personally think that their working on an OS and side by side working on IOT would create many security gaps between the two when they are integrated together, and this will allow hackers to get in.

  6. SunitaT
    September 17, 2014

    @SP: It is suspicious. Maybe they want zero interference from the outside world when it comes to using computers? If that happens then China would have to build its own internet or it would filter many things/modify many things before it reaches the population.

  7. _hm
    September 17, 2014

    China and Chinese are wonderful country and people. They need to do what is required for them to protect themselves.

  8. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    September 19, 2014

    @SP, clearly there's a captive audience. It makes sense just in terms of sheer numbers.

  9. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    September 19, 2014

    China leads the pack in terms of hackers and IP theft. It wouldn't surprise me that they want to be diligent against this type of threat.

  10. Adeniji Kayode
    September 23, 2014

    @SP, what use would it be and how far can it goif the OS would be only in Chinese language. I feel its no use if this can not be installed on computers across the world with language options

  11. Adeniji Kayode
    September 23, 2014

    For how long much more donyou think Chine would keep this monopoly of every thing?

  12. Ashu001
    September 30, 2014

    Hailey,

    The Reality about Software is the more complex it is the easier it is to hack.

    So whatever the Chinese do end up serving to their consumers(or forcing them to consume) will eventually be attacked by Hackers whether they like it or not.

    The No.1 Reason why the Chinese want to do everything their own way(Home-Grown so to speak) is because they are wary of American Sanctions which can happen anytime to any country deemed hostile to American Interests.

    Basically,they are learning from the Experience of their Allies in Iran and Russia today.

    Basically,Give America Zero Leverage on their Basic Domestic Economy and Infrastructure.

     

  13. Ashu001
    September 30, 2014

    Tirlapur,

    If you are tracking what is happening in Hong KOng today(its an overseas Chinese territory with some rules of its own)-Its clear that this is already happening today-www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29430229

    If you can link the Full Article I have linked to above;it means you are'nt in China.

    In China their Censors are Blocking any access to such articles-

    News of the protests is being heavily censored in mainland China. Media have blamed “radical opposition forces” for stirring up trouble.

    The Communist Party will do whatever it takes to stay in Power as well as to remove any Challenges to their “System” which comes naturally via Democracy.

    Its a very difficult time for the people of China today-Not only do they have to deal with a Collapsing Economy thanks to Government Over-Investment but also this kind of Open Suppression by the Communist Party.

     

     

  14. Ashu001
    September 30, 2014

    hm,

    Its actually deeper than that.

    As of Today-China is blocking ALL Western Social Media.

    Why???

    To hide pictures,etc of all those Protests that are currently raging in Hong Kong today for Democracy.

    This is what scares the Communist Party more than ANything else-Democracy and the Demand for this Basic Fundamental Right(which most Westerners are used to) in China.

    When that Demand Snowballs in Mainland China,The Communist Party will be Finished.

     

  15. Ashu001
    September 30, 2014

    SP,

    Lot of Complexity involved here.

    Basically the Communist Party is trying to cut off ordinary Chinese from the Rest of the World.

    I don't think it will work in the Long run.

  16. _hm
    September 30, 2014

    @tech4people: China, chinese citizen and also communist party members are all wonderful people. They do what is required for Chinese people needs for rapid progress. Have you visited China and spent month or six there?

  17. Ashu001
    September 30, 2014

    hm,

    I actually have.

    I hate the Pollution as well as the fact you don't have any Property (or Individual)Rights so to speak.

    Any Communist Party member or their princelings can decide to Grab your Home and Land whenever it suits them.

    And then they very conveniently put all their ill-Gotten Wealth in the US,Canada and the UK.

    Try speaking out against Oppression and you are Jailed without Bail (and sometimes you dissapear entirely from the earth).

    What's to Like?

    Empty & Crumbling Cheap Quality Buildings in all those Ghost Cities?

    Polluted Rivers which kill everything in them?

     

     

  18. _hm
    October 1, 2014

    @tech4People: You do not look people, country and culture like that. I can also narrate so many vices of western(American) culture. But that is not point. You need to stay with family for month or few and try to understand them. It is beauty of life.

  19. Ashu001
    October 4, 2014

    hm,

    This is'nt about Narrating the Many Vices of Various Countries.

    Its more about Basic Right of Freedom and Right To Property;Which every Democractic country has established through Various Laws which are enforced by the Courts of the Land.

    Please look at this Video from the BBC-www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29421914

    You think all those people are crazy to come out on the Streets in Hong Kong?

    Is Democracy such a Big Deal that the Communist Party can't permit it in Hong Kong?

    If they really had faith in their “System” they would have permitted Democracy and allowed Hong Kong Citizens the freedom to chose their own leaders.

    In America,if any citizen is unhappy with his Current Elected Representatives ;he has alternative Options[Democrats,Republicans and Independent].

    Heck ,if he/she feels like it they can very well stand in Local Elections themselves to fight for what they believe in.

    Compare and contrast that with China.

    If you have no previous Connection with the Communist Party can you stand up and challenge the Current Ruling Dispensation?

    No You Can't.

    This is the Big Problem with China today and unless they permit these basic Freedoms in China;I won't want to Live in that place.Like ever.

     

     

     

  20. _hm
    October 4, 2014

    @tech4People: FYI – Chinese governemnt is pretty hard at work. They understand and want their people to be happy as anyone else in the world. THEY ARE INTRODUCING DEMOCRACY TYPE REFORMS STEP BY STEP SO PEOPLE AND SYSTEM CAN DIGEST AND THERE IS ORDERLY CHANGE OVER. EVENTUALLY THEY WILL LIKE DEMOCRATIC STYLE SYTEM. If it is sudden change, it will be chaos and anarchy, like that happens in many other country.

    It takes few decades to change over. You can observe how fast China is changing.

  21. Adeniji Kayode
    October 16, 2014

    But then I agree, China owns the monopoly of their OS.

  22. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    October 22, 2014

    @Tech4People, certainly greater complexity leads to greater potential holes in the software. A recent report I read said that the average mobile app for example had an AVERAGE of 28 hackable holes in it. Sobering. Whenever we talk about cyber security, China is a central paert of that conversation.

  23. Ashu001
    October 23, 2014

    Hailey,

    Absolutely right!!!

    What happens with most Apps is that the Developer focusses less efforts on SDLCs and Other Basic Secure Coding Practices and more on Ease of Use and Attractiveness(even if at the cost of User Security).

    I was reading a very interesting article just today on Dark Reading and the impact of Open Source practices on Basic Security-www.darkreading.com/application-security/open-source-software-brings-bugs-to-web-applications/d/d-id/1316878

     

    As this report clearly points out Open Source is not a panacea(if you dont do your Security Audits properly in-house).

    Regards

    Ashish.

     

     

  24. Ashu001
    November 22, 2014

    hm,

    FYI

    Some more Information where all Crony Capitalistic Money from China(or should I just call it Communist Party Money) is going today

    blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/07/08/china-fuels-surge-in-foreign-purchases-of-u-s-housing

    endoftheamericandream.com/archives/the-chinese-are-acquiring-large-chunks-of-land-in-communities-all-over-america

    libertyblitzkrieg.com/2014/04/02/zillow-opens-the-floodgates-to-chinese-buyers-in-order-to-keep-housing-bubble-2-0-inflated/

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-03/portugal-sees-chinese-do-90-of-bids-at-property-auction.html

    But this one's the ultimate-Chinese “Students” are buying so many Luxury Cars in the US today that they have single-handedly help lift the Economy!!![$15 Billion in Cars were purchased by Chinese Students last year].

    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-19/chinese-students-in-u-dot-s-dot-boost-luxury-car-sales

    & this Video is the Ultimate-www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH8sSKwS_gU

    Can a 20 year old Student in China drive a Car worth $250,000 like this openly? Especially since ordinary Chinese already know of the extent of Corruption that exists in their rulers-the so-called “Communist Party”.

     

    It does'nt take a genius to figure out where all this Money is coming from.

     

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