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After going through the Home Page of Ubuntu kylin, I rather find no considerable difference between ubuntu kylin and ubuntu with chinese language set as default.

There are of course some special chinese apps(Chinese lunar calendar, for example).But can't these apps be installed on ubuntu as well?

So if I get an ubuntu, customise it to have all the same apps as Kylin, and set chinese as default language, what will be the difference between both?

What was the need of kylin, when ubuntu is itself so customizable?

There is no bad in bringing an custom Ubuntu for Chinese people.But there seems to be no reason for making it official.If we look at other official distros like lubuntu or xubuntu, they have a significant difference than ubuntu.This is not the case with kylin.It would only take, say 15 minutes to convert Ubuntu into Ubuntu Kylin.

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It's just to be used as a national distro. Really deep there is no main differences between them but just to meet the needs of the Chinese government.

The Kylin OS was formerly developed by academics at the National University of Defense Technology in China. It was based on FreeBSD and was intended for use by the Chinese military and other government organizations. In 2013, the Chinese Government reached an agreement with Canonical for them to release a Chinese version of the popular Ubuntu distro and it will be used as a national OS.

For more information and check this.

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I don't mean to abuse anybody, but I can't believe China would accept anything from a company based in an US ally. –  Registered User Feb 14 at 12:13
@adityapatil Canonical head office is in London and there are branches in US, China, Brasil, Taiwan and UK,,, –  Ask Feb 14 at 12:18

ubuntu kylin is basically made for chinese people so with every software chinese language is prefferd and some of the default software and framework has been changed.

  • some of the additional software like kingsoft office
  • Kingsoft Kuaipan cloud storage service, complete with 100GB of free storage for every user comming soon
  • lotus messanger
  • chinese lunar calander
  • youker assistant for easy windows to ubuntu migration.
  • customised interface

for more information go to : http://www.ubuntukylin.com/index.php?lang=en

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I have already said that doing all this just takes few minutes.Is there something which cannot be added to ubuntu or takes long time to do so? about the cloud storage, it's just an alternative to Ubuntu one, I suppose. –  Registered User Feb 14 at 11:52
It gives 100 gb free storage buddy –  kashminder Feb 14 at 12:10

I think you are right; you can install standard Ubuntu and 'make it be Kylin' afterwards. One difference you don't mention is that fcitx is the default input method framework on Kylin (instead of IBus).

Kylin was of course created for the convenience of Chinese Ubuntu users.

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even fcitx should be usable in ubuntu,isn't it? And I do think customizing ubuntu to look like kylin would take 15 minutes less or more. –  Registered User Feb 14 at 11:29
I could make a custom ubuntu with hindi language, an "shaka calender" and hindi keyboard.can it become official one? –  Registered User Feb 14 at 11:36
@adityapatil: It's great that you can do that so quickly. Yes, of course you can install fcitx on a standard Ubuntu installation, if you want to. Anybody can make their own distro, if they want to. I don't know the criteria for having it 'officially' recognised, though. Is there any special point you want to make by questioning the need for the Kylin distro? Isn't it good that it's there and that there are people working to making it a great choice for Chinese users? –  Gunnar Hjalmarsson Feb 14 at 14:51
@adityapatil: Posting this link specially for you: insights.ubuntu.com/news/… ;) –  Gunnar Hjalmarsson Feb 14 at 15:26
So basically, kylin is a cover over Ubuntu so that it may seem more friendly to Chinese users. –  Registered User Feb 16 at 8:07

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