Canonical looking to tap Dell to promote Chinese version of Ubuntu OS

In March Canonical announced the Chinese version of its Ubuntu OS, with the support of Chinese government institutions

Ubuntu Kylin running on a desktop.

Ubuntu Kylin running on a desktop.

Canonical is in talks with Dell on making a version of Ubuntu supported by the Chinese government available as a pre-installed OS on the PC maker's upcoming products destined for the Chinese market.

Dell is a global partner for Canonical, and so the two companies are discussing using its Ubuntu Kylin OS in the future, said Leonard Tsai, Canonical's Asia Pacific president, on Wednesday.

"When domestic users purchase Dell notebooks or desktops, what they'll buy is already pre-installed with Ubuntu Kylin," he said on the sidelines of the Dell Solutions Summit in Beijing.

Pricing and possible launch dates for the product will be up to Dell to decide, Tsai said. But the device could be targeted at students and government or military groups, he added.

In March, Canonical announced that China had picked its Ubuntu software as the reference architecture to create a new standardized operating system in the country. Along with Canonical, the government-linked China Software and Integrated Chip Promotions Centre and the country's National University of Defense Technology are also contributing to the project.

By partnering with the two institutions, Canonical wants to incorporate more Chinese elements into its Ubuntu OS, Tsai said. "We hope it will become a reference version, and allow China to support its own more suitable operating system," he added.

In April, the first version of Ubuntu Kylin was released, and by July downloads for the software had reached over 70,000.

Dell declined to discuss its product roadmap. The company has previously worked with Canonical to deliver a notebook, the XPS 13, installed with Ubuntu that was meant for developers.

The next version of Ubuntu Kylin 13.10 will be released in October, and will feature more localized features aimed at Chinese users, including better messaging and personalization, Tsai said.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Linuxoperating systemscanonicalDellsoftwarehardware systems

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Michael Kan

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

James Cook University - Master of Data Science Online Course

Learn more >

Mobile

Victorinox Werks Professional Executive 17 Laptop Case

Learn more >

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?