It's not clear, but does this mean that their work on the OS will become part of the Ubunto distribution that anyone else downloads?
I really wouldn't trust an OS developed by any government to reside on my computer. Government's have their place, and I'm more of a fan of mine than any other, but to a large degree, even the best government is a necessary annoyance that should not be in the software business.
I'm not just talking about the potential for hidden spyware. In the case of the US, my biggest concern would be for the quality of the product. Governments don't have a great track record producing quality products at a low cost. Of course, hidden spying capability would definitely be a big concern.
Based on my knowledge of China. The purpose of this project is to develop a OS of China own, not for distributions for world-wise popularity.
The government always want to handle everything, including all the technologies, by their own. Because they think using others' products makes their system vulnerable to the spy software, or heavily relayed follow-up services from others. This is weird. But it's the truth.
Initially, they want to build an OS from zero, which is failed. As a result, they try to taking advantage of the open source property of Ubuntu.
So for a ordinary user of Ubuntu, this new values nothing.
"I really wouldn't trust an OS developed by any government to reside on my computer."
Concur, for the reasons you give and then some. However, as we saw in recent posts, the Chinese don't generally seem to share this healthy distrust for government.
"The government always want to handle everything, including all the technologies, by their own."
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.
they could handle A-bombs, space projects etc.
so when it comes to OS, the general chinese only idea is how to crack it, they never bother to invent one.
the task has to be on gvt 's shoulder...
@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.
@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.
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.
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.
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.