China aims for home-grown OS

Asian giant pursues alternative to Windows, Android amid cyber-spat with Washington

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China aims for home-grown OS Beijing is backing domestic companies to come up with a viable alternative to Microsoft and Google products. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  August 25, 2014

The Chinese software industry could bring a fresh operating system to its home market as soon as October, according to a report from Reuters, citing China’s state-sponsored news agency, Xinhua.

If the alternative OS did emerge, it would compete with US imports at a time when tensions between Beijing and Washington run high over cyber security concerns.

In March, China launched an official OS development alliance. Ni Guangnan, who heads the alliance, told the People's Post and Telecommunications News that he hoped to see a viable desktop OS within one to two years and a mobile version within three to five years.

"Creating an environment that allows us to contend with Google, Apple and Microsoft - that is the key to success," he said.

The US indicted five Chinese military officers in May on cyber-crime charges. China subsequently launched a series of public measures that curtailed US tech business interests in the Asian nation. Actions included the banning of Microsoft Windows 8 on government computers and a security audit of IBM servers in Chinese banks.

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