It's no secret that China has been trying to decrease its dependence on U.S.-made software and hardware for quite some time. They've taken an incredibly proactive stance against Microsoft Windows – one of the most popular computer operating systems around the world – and have even gone so far as to develop their own operating system.
China's newest OS, known as the Unified Operating System or UOS, is a homebrewed platform that was built specifically for computer systems using Chinese technology – including some of the latest software solutions and hardware components alike.
The Need for Independence
Supporters of UOS cite the need for China to have its own technological foundation to fall back on in the case of increased sanctions from the U.S. In other words, China wants to make sure that they have unmitigated and unrestricted access to computer technology in the 21st century.
Highlighting the "current international climate," general manager of Union Tech, the company responsible for the development of UOS, is tasked with growing the market share of Chinese operating systems from less than 1% to as high as 30%.
But it's important to note that most of the hardware that originates in China – including many different computer chips – isn't up to par with their U.S.-based counterparts. However, all of that could change when UOS is officially unveiled.
A Linux-Based Operating System
It's important to note that UOS is actually based on a Linux operating system kernel. Deepin, which is credited as China's most successful Linux distribution to date, provides the fundamental framework for UOS.
Moreover, UOS isn't afraid to borrow GUIs from other, more popular operating systems. For example, its dock and launchpad features are incredibly similar to macOS. Notifications are delivered through a system that is akin to Android smartphones and it even comes complete with a start button in the vein of Microsoft Windows.
From the initial perspective, however, UOS will be instantly familiar to those who have prior experience with Deepin. There are many similarities that should make it easier for users to make the transition.
All of this combines to create a localized, Linux-based operating system that incorporates a number of proven technologies in a highly accessible and user-friendly platform. While it has only recently seen its first official launch in January 2020, it's already making headlines throughout the country and around the world.
Despite its short amount of time on the market, UOS already has a large and dedicated base of users. Since it was announced all the way back in 2011, their community has been growing and many members have played highly active roles in the ongoing development of UOS.
Liu Wenhan, general manager with Union Tech, was quoted as saying: "The China-made operating system is now basically ready. Although it cannot be replaced 100% seamlessly, it can already meet the core needs of users."
For more information on the Unified Operating System, please visit their official website at www.chinauos.com.
China Pioneers the Unified Operating System
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