Like most governments, China’s has long been concerned about the security vulnerabilities that may come with using software developed in other countries. The biggest problem: PC operating systems in government buildings are almost universally run on Windows. For years, China has been trying to create a domestic alternative. Yesterday, the latest alpha build of its decade-in-the-making Kylin operating system went up for download.
The free alternative to costly Windows operating system (OS), Ubuntu, prepared by Canonical of UK on open source Linux, is launching the second long term service (LTS) version Ubuntu 14.04 on Thursday. The upgraded OS would facilitate full touch compatibility on both laptops and mobile phones and would come with full five years free update. For server users, the latest Ubuntu release would deliver more, particularly in the areas of automation, cloud computing and virtualisation. The company sees India as one of the three large markets after US and China and expects around 3 to 5 million downloads on the release day.
On April 15th, Canonical, the United Kingdom-based company behind open source Linux operating system Ubuntu, announced that cloud platform Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will be released on Thursday, April 17th. Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth had this to say about his company’s new launch: “Ubuntu is the primary platform for cloud – public, private or hybrid. In this release, our third LTS with deep roots in cloud, we raise the bar for efficiency and orchestration at scale. That’s why companies are adopting Ubuntu as they move to the cloud computing era.”