Date
18 August 2017
China is said to be urging government organizations to use a domestically-developed operating system on their desktop computers due to security concerns.
China is said to be urging government organizations to use a domestically-developed operating system on their desktop computers due to security concerns.

China to gradually replace Windows with domestic OS

China is said to have ordered government organizations to gradually replace the Windows operating systems (OS) on their computers with a domestically-developed system in a bid to strengthen state security.

Beijing Times cited a source with knowledge of the matter as saying that the initial target is to have 15 percent of the Windows systems replaced with a Chinese OS every year.

Detailed plans have not been released yet, but it is certain which way things will go, the person said.

The replacement work will involve not only central government departments, but also central state-owned enterprises and local governments, according to the report. Computer servers, chips and software may also be replaced, if necessary.

The government expects to see substantive results by 2020.

Many state agencies, including the China Banking Regulatory Commission, and central state-owned enterprises have mapped out the timetable and roadmap for the systems replacement, Zhang Long, chairman of Yunnan SIPU Investment (Group), a domestic OS maker, told the newspaper.

Tsinghua Tongfang Co. recently purchased 18,000 units of SIPU’s operating system to meet the computer orders from the government, according to the report.

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