CHINA HAS DISCLOSED plans to move its systems to a state-endorsed version of Linux by 2020.
The Red State, which earlier this year denounced Microsoft Windows 8 as a spyware tool on the lunchtime news, has been developing its own flavour of Linux, based in part on an earlier attempt based on Ubuntu, called Kylin.
'NeoKylin', as the OS is understood to be called, is already due to appear on a range of Dell machines manufactured for the Chinese market.
It has now been confirmed that Professor Ni Guangnan, of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, has designed a rollout programme that has been passed by the government and will see all government servers, mainframes and individual machines being replaced.
The plan is to replace Windows-powered machines at a rate of 15 percent per year, give or take 10 percent, over five years.
"We call this a de-Windowsifying movement," Ni told Chinese site Ecns.cn.
Earlier this year, Ni founded the China Information Terminal Operating System Alliance, an umbrella group of Chinese tech companies with the aim of collaborating on reducing the reliance on foreign IT infrastructure.
"At the end of the day, I expect the 15 operating systems to merge into one or two operating systems, while the rest of the developers can shift into providing other relevant services," Ni said.
The "de-Windowsifying" process comes at a time when Microsoft's Chinese operation has been subject to raids and an anti-trust investigation by the government.
"Now is the most vulnerable time for Microsoft in China, and the best time for homegrown software companies to beat it," Ni said.
Microsoft in China was recently responsible for leaking the launch of Windows 9, which turned out to be hogwash, suggesting either than Redmond isn't sending the outpost the memos, or they aren't being read. µ
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