NeoKylin: the Chinese copy of Windows XP

NeoKylin and NeoShine Office

China is a power economic current, but it is also in terms of technology. The Asian country is allocating many resources to catch up on progress and be able to compete with other countries. We see an example in the smartphones that come to us from the Asian giant, or the most powerful supercomputer in the world which tops the TOP500 list, which is also in Chinese hands.

Regarding operating systems, they do not want to be left behind and compete with the US, even if it is a Linux distribution, the Chinese have done a lot to create a quite striking and peculiar system that reminds us of Windows XP. Now that Microsoft has withdrawn its support, it may be a good step forward for users in that country to switch to this system and to have a distro in which all claws of the US government and the NSA are erased. 

The distro we are talking about is called NeoKylin, the name also comes from the qilins, some Asian mythological creatures. But NeoKylin has been created for government uses. In addition, China has banned Windows 8 and therefore other updated versions on government computers. To make up for this lack, they have created this system with an interface that is clearly inspired by Windows XP, if not to say that it is almost the same: start menu, icons, desktop, taskbar, My Computer, My Documents, Trash, etc.

China Standard Software is the company in charge of creating it under the Unix standard and possibly based on Fedora as Yellowdog Updater Modified exists. And they have not only taken care of the appearance to resemble Microsoft's, but also other elements such as the integration of Busaminas, Solitaire, etc., which is installed by default along with other programs such as GIMP and Firefox. And if that weren't enough, it has its own office productivity suite inspired by MS Office, it's called NeoShine Office with a suspicious resemblance.


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  1.   Juju said

    "... to be able to have a distro in which all claws of the US government and the NSA are erased." Yes, for the Chinese it must be a great relief to have only to worry about the claws of their own government. What opportunities we lose to be quiet.

    1.    Isaac PE said

      Of course, the Chinese government is not characterized by being free of sin and surely it spies like Spain does, like France, Germany, etc. Since intelligence and espionage agencies are not a matter of one country ... To a lesser or greater degree, skipping rights or not ... I will not go into that. What he meant is that the Chinese government avoids "making it easy" for the American to obtain information. Another thing is that they do the same or stop doing it with their own citizens or with other countries. So opportunity to be quiet ... maybe I have missed some in my life, nobody is perfect, but I think this will not be the case.

  2.   chat said

    made in china: Come on, it will be a botch copying how they do everything

    China is overrated, it is only a power when it comes to copying things

    Countries like India will probably be the future (I speak of those that are in pure boom)

    +1 to the top

    1.    Isaac PE said

      To my knowledge there are signs to have China as a possible world power in the future ... (see Xiaomi, pe). And if you look at the products you buy, unfortunately even brand-new iPhones (or any other) are assembled there or parts are made there. "Made in China" is printed on a multitude of products of all kinds.

      Of course India must also be taken into account, I do not deny it.

  3.   Alberto Nuncira said

    China has already been at the height of civilization, it will not be long before it will be again, they are millennia ahead of us. Things like paper, printing, pulp, gunpowder, compass, etc. they are Chinese inventions ...