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 LTS (long-term support ) version of Ubuntu Kylin promises five years of maintenance and security updates, keeping your computer running safely and smoothly for years to come.
To create Ubuntu Kylin, Canonical partnered with China Software and Integrated Chip Promotions Centre (CSIP) and the National University of Defence 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. It works with Sogou Input Method, the typing system with web search built-in, making your PC even faster and easier to use. The latest version features an expanded vocabulary and a wider range of skins, with thousands now available to choose from.
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.
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.
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.
Ubuntu Kylin Software Center
Download and install new applications in the Ubuntu Kylin Software Centre. Apps in the store carry user ratings to help you choose and, if you’ve just switched over from Windows, you’ll see plenty of alternatives to the applications you know. Designed specifically for Chinese users, it runs on the TianHe-2 cloud platform, making it fast, reliable and incredibly easy to use.
Kingsoft Kuaipan cloud storage
As well as a great Chinese operating system, the latest version of Ubuntu Kylin gives you 2 TB 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.
If you’re keen to learn more about Ubuntu Kylin, join the community or get more information, visit the official site.