Canonical is partnering with an agency within the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MII) to build a reference architecture for Chinese operating systems. As part of the effort, Canonical is also joining with the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) in Beijing, China, in a new CCN Open Source Innovation Joint Lab.
The first deliverable in the effort is a new version of Ubuntu Linux that is being tailored to the specific needs of users in China. The new version will be called Ubuntu Kylin and is set to debut in the coming weeks alongside the Ubuntu 13.04 release in April.
Among the China-specific features that Ubuntu Kylin will include are language localization as well as Chinese input methods and calendars. From a desktop services perspective, Ubuntu Kylin will eventually support integration with Chinese web services such as Baidu and Taobao.