China is increasingly getting assertive and self confident. Flexing its military muscle is one thing but China is also all set to take on established giants in the IT arena.
China is a closed and highly secretive society and most of its population is used to this way of living. Often China finds itself at loggerheads with Google, Microsoft and Apple. China is also suspicious of foreign based software, especially in the light of recent exposures by whistle blower Julius Assange and Edward Snowden.
China’s dislike for Google and Microsoft OS has opened the door to design a homegrown OS. It is not clear if the Chinese OS will be accepted with open hands outside China especially since it is backed by the Chinese government which does not exactly have a very envious record of maintaining privacy and human rights. A ban on the use of Windows 8 for governmental computers coupled with the loss of security updates for the popular Windows XP operating system has forced the Chinese to think about a homegrown OS.
Ni Guangnan, from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, told the Xinhua news agency that a Chinese-backed OS will be ready to launch by October 2014. The OS will support an app store, but he was not forthcoming with the details of the OS. All foreign operating systems will disappear from Chinese desktop in one to two years. It is also possible that a Chinese home grown OS will be present in the most mobiles in China to replace OS like Android or Windows Phone OS.
However experts doubt about the feasibility of the project and China’s attempts to create a national operating system have not been exactly smooth. Back in 2000, Red Flag Linux which was partly funded by the government was meant to replace all governmental systems previously running Windows 2000. It was never as popular as the Android or other established OS platforms.