To respect the GPL, they will have to release the source code of the OS, and this should make it possible for people to inspect whether it has any tracking or backdoors built in.
As for code quality, this should be 99.9% Ubuntu Linux with just a layer of Chinese specific packages pre-installed. It's not like they're building the OS from scratch.
@sprite0022, you seem to have this annoying habit of speaking in behalf of other people, the same trick that the Chinese Communist Party always plays when it claims to represent the "Chinese people". Where my real home should be, is not up for you to decide.
I am wondering how this will affect the rest of the Ubuntu world, will it encourage others to move to it? I would not want to have an OS built by any government primarily because the private sector always does a better job than the government.
The question is what kind of impact this announcement will generate to the computer industry in China. Does it mean most, if not all Universities, in China will switch to Ubuntu and drop all the others? Does it mean banking industry and defense industry will use Ubuntu 5 to 10 years from now? What about embedded system OS which may cover China auto industry to space program? I can't wait to hear more news in that front.
@sprite0022: "In china the general public is short sighted, short disciplined and can't do any serious long term R&D. CCP is the cream of chinese folks with outstanding moral and IQ. ie president Xi and Co."
As an engineer born and partially educated in China, I am seriously offended by this comment. The traditional Chinese culture stresses foresight and living in harmony with nature. It was communists who changed that.
The CCP members and especially its leaders are a bunch of ruthless, selfish, and greedy gangsters. They are the parasites that feed on Chinese people. In order for themselves to hang onto the power, they are doing everything to fool Chinese people. They ban the network access to Google, Youtube, and all other websites that help people get information.
The Chinese are intelligent and hard-working people, but unfortunately they are ruled by a political party that has the lowest ethical standard of human beings.