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China’s own Ubuntu

Ubuntu Kylin is a free PC operating system created for China. It includes all the features you’ve come to expect from Ubuntu, alongside essential Chinese software and apps. Unlike its rivals, its interface has been designed specifically to put Chinese users first — and with new support for touch screens and HiDPI monitors, it runs beautifully on all kinds of hardware.

Part of the Ubuntu project since early 2013, the latest version of Ubuntu Kylin promises five years’ worth of support, keeping your computer running safely and smoothly for years to come.

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  • Canonical
  • CSIP
  • NUDT

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.

Sogou Input Method

Ubuntu Kylin has been designed specifically for Chinese keyboards, allowing many of your words and sentences to be completed automatically. Importantly, it works with Sogou Input Method, the typing system with internet search built-in — making your Ubuntu Kylin PC even faster and easier to use, whether you’re creating documents or browsing the web.

Youker Assistant

Youker is a simple yet powerful tool built to help Windows users migrate to Ubuntu as quickly and as smoothly as possible. This integrated tool aids with routine system maintenance tasks such as detecting hardware and handling interface customisation. You don’t need to worry about learning the Ubuntu way with Youker as your assistant.

Smart Scopes

Chinese users get special, 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.

Chinese lunar calendar

As well as the western Gregorian layout, Ubuntu Kylin’s in-built calendar includes the traditional Chinese lunar layout, so Chinese users can keep up with their day-to-day plans while also respecting national holidays.

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.

Lotus instant messaging

Lotus instant messenger was written from the ground up by NUDT. Not only can you keep up with friends and family, but colleagues as well, as it was designed for the enterprise environment.

Kingsoft Kuaipan cloud storage

As well as a great Chinese operating system, the latest version of Ubuntu Kylin gives you 100 GB of personal cloud storage, so you can access all your important files and content over the web or on any Kuaipan-compatible device.

Unity 8 preview

Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 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.

Find out more

If you’re keen to learn more about Ubuntu Kylin, join the community or get more information, visit the official site.

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