China announced a home-grown computer operating system to be released in October this year. Ni Guangnan, who co-founded Chinese computer maker Lenovo in 1984, stated that the operating system will be available first for desktop devices and expanded to mobile devices.
The news published follow by China officials banned the use of Windows 8 on government computers in May and a similar decree apply to Apple products including the iPad, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro in August.
The ban action on Windows 8 has the China government desperately seeking a home-grown operating system, opening the doors to domestic rivals, which would compete directly with Microsoft, Apple, and Google.
“China has more than a dozen mobile OS developers with no independent intellectual property rights because their research is based on Android,” said by Ni. In his view, future development should be led by the government—a scary thought.
However, China’s system won’t be mature enough to replace Windows yet. Xinhua quoted the desktop PC version won’t be able to replace Windows for at least two years, and the mobile and tablet version is still three to five years away.