Ubuntu Kylin for China
Ubuntu Kylin is an official flavour of Ubuntu. It is a free PC operating system created for China and complies with the Chinese government procurement regulations. It includes all the features you’ve come to expect from Ubuntu, alongside essential Chinese software and apps. The interface has been designed specifically to put Chinese users first — and with support for touch screens and HiDPI monitors, it runs beautifully on all kinds of hardware.
A global partnership
To create Ubuntu Kylin, Canonical partnered with China Software and Integrated Chip Promotions Centre (CSIP) and the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) to produce a fully localised and customised version of Ubuntu.
The team is working together with the open-source community to adapt the core features of Ubuntu to better suit Chinese users. Along with localised versions of the Ubuntu Software Centre, Ubuntu Kylin also features some of the most commonly used Chinese applications.
What’s new in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS?
Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 LTS is the latest LTS release. This release has brand new user guidance to help first time users to navigate around the desktop environment and WeChat, the popular messaging app has been added.
- Updated kernel to 4.4 LTS version
- New first time user guide
- Support for the ARM64 chipset
- WeChat web application
New experience in Unity 7
Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 LTS has a new sleek, modern log-in and lock-screen pages. And users now can move the Unity launcher to the bottom of their screens.
Ubuntu Kylin Software Center
Use the Ubuntu Kylin Software Center to easily install, uninstall and upgrade software. What’s more, users can also find, review and even contribute to open source applications they find through Ubuntu Kylin Software Center.
Youker is a simple yet powerful tool built to help first time users migrate to Ubuntu as quickly and smoothly as possible. This integrated tool aids with routine system maintenance tasks such as detecting hardware and handling interface customisation.
Besides the western Gregorian calendar, Ubuntu Kylin’s in-built calendar also includes the traditional Chinese lunar calendar that includes the local Chinese holidays.
Youker Weather brings weather forecast from NWS directly to your desktop, as well as, information on real-time PM 2.5 level for more than 100 cities within China, helping you in your daily life and when traveling through the country.
Chinese users get localised smart scopes in the Ubuntu Kylin Dash, which make searching for online content easy and relevant. A search for images will include online results from Sogou, videos will bring up popular Youku clips, and music results come via Baidu — all alongside results from your local collections. It’s the smarter way to find content.
Sogou Input Method
Ubuntu Kylin has been designed specifically for Chinese keyboards, making Chinese input much more convenient. Through a long-term collaboration between Sogou Input Method and Ubuntu Kylin team. The latest Sogou Input Method version includes the "Shuangpin" input scheme as an alternative to both full and simplified Pinyin and built-in web search.
Kingsoft WPS Office
The most popular office suite in China is available on Ubuntu Kylin. We’ve worked closely with Kingsoft, so you can make full use of its WPS Office package for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.
Unity 8 preview
Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 LTS offers an optional preview of Unity 8, the next generation Ubuntu user interface. To download the preview, search for unity8-desktop-session-mir in the Ubuntu Software Centre.
Please note that it uses the current version of Mir, the new graphics platform being developed by the Ubuntu community. Mir only works with open-source graphics drivers at present.