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China commits to a localized Ubuntu

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has signed an agreement with Canonical to develop a version of Canonical’s Ubuntu desktop operating system for use throughout China.

imageThe new operating system will be named Ubuntu Kylin. Today more than 90 percent of China’s desktops are estimated to be running Microsoft Windows.

Canonical stated,

Ubuntu Kylin goes beyond language localisation and includes features and applications that cater for the Chinese market. In the 13.04 release, Chinese input methods and Chinese calendars are supported, there is a new weather indicator, and users can quickly search across the most popular Chinese music services from the Dash. Future releases will include integration with Baidu maps and leading shopping service Taobao, payment processing for Chinese banks, and real-time train and flight information. The Ubuntu Kylin team is cooperating with WPS, the most popular office suite in China, and is creating photo editing and system management tools which could be incorporated into other flavours of Ubuntu worldwide. . . Future work will extend beyond the desktop to other platforms.

Development of Ubuntu Kylin will be done at a facility in Beijing by programmers from the China Software and Integrated Chip Promotions Center (CSIP), the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), and Canonical. They’ve named the facility the CCN Open Source Innovation Joint Lab.

Will this open-source effort stop Microsoft in its tracks in China?

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Meet China’s new boss — worse than the old boss.

Don’t expect China’s Great Firewall to fall anytime soon. China’s new paramount leader, Xi Jinping, had endorsed the human rights that are guaranteed by the Chinese constitution.

Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping
In recent months, Xi Jinping has called the constitution “the legal weapon for people to defend their own rights”. Until now, those rights have been trampled on by the country’s leaders, so hopes were high.

Actions speak louder than words. The recent hacking of American commercial, press, and manufacturing targets by the Chinese government, as well as strengthening of its Great Firewall indicate that under Xi, China’s paranoia is growing. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, New York Times, and Bloomberg.com continue to be unavailable behind their Great Firewall. The new twist is that posts on controversial topics are disappearing.

Erika Johnsen wrote China adds to the Great Firewall with new Internet controls

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Smartphones’ Unintended Consequences

A new smartphone app highlights societal and environmental impact of smartphones.

Foxconn Electronics factory in Shenzhen, China
Yellow suits are managers, QC is in pink. The glasses are eye protection from the bright light used to photo-cure the epoxy that holds the fiber optic components in place.
photo & description: Steve Jurvetson

Phone Story, an unusual app that was added and then almost immediately deleted from Apple’s App Store today, attempts, in the form of a game, to educate smartphone users about the environmental and societal impacts of their high-tech toys and their planned obsolescence.

Apple uses Foxconn, a very large and controversial China-based consumer electronics assembler, to assemble its iPhone and other Apple products. Foxconn has been accused of near- slave labor practices. Worker suicides are so frequent that the company erected nets around its worker dormitories to arrest suicidal jumping workers. In March, the article Apple’s Foxconn Predicament by Justin Rohrlich described other serious problems with Foxconn.

“You were looking for something that could signal your status, your dynamic lifestyle, your unique personality. Just like everyone else.”

Fritz Lang, in his 1926 silent film masterpiece Metropolis, had his vision of the future almost right. We do have the idle yuppies frittering away their time in garden spots, and we do have the masses of subjugated workers, but the workers aren’t underground (yet), and they’re not shoveling coal. They’re in China, assembling our toys.

Phone Story also illuminates raw materials mining and toxic waste disposal problems that are caused by mass fabrication of consumer electronic gadgets.

In the hilarious 1979 movie The In-Laws, Peter Falk’s character, absent-mindedly watching The Price Is Right TV game show, asks, “Do you mean that they do this just so that they can win all that crap?” I share his amazement.

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Google May Soon Exit China.

Google Is Fed Up With China’s Restrictions.

Citing recent tightening of government restrictions, Google announced that it’s asking China one last time to ease China’s censorship. If China says no, Google will withdraw from China.

Google was criticized in 2006 when it bent to China’s censorship demands. Within China, Google lags behind China’s most popular search engine, http://www.baidu.com/. 300 million Internet users is a huge market for Google to walk away from.

Full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/13/world/asia/13beijing.html?pagewanted=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

IBM has withdrawn from whole countries. Why not Google?
This reminds me of the time in the 1970s when OPEC member Nigeria, with a population of maybe 80 million, told all foreign firms that they must "indigenize" — that is, sell the majority of their shares to Nigerians and employ Nigerians in key positions. IBM, which was by far the leading computer systems vendor in Nigeria and worldwide, responded to the demand by closing its Nigerian office: IBM just turned out the lights and walked away. It’s good to be king.

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I’m shocked. Shocked! China spies on Skype phone calls.

China’s 2008 Beijing Olympics will use IPv6

IPv6?  What’s that? 

The Internet has been using IPv4 since the 1970s. The biggest difference between IPv4 and IPv6 is the address space: IPv4 has a 32-bit address space; IPv6 has a 128-bit address space — a huge increase. The number of unallocated IPv4 addresses is rapidly shrinking. IPv6’s 128 bit address space will supposedly allow a unique IP address to be assigned to every atom on earth; it’s unlikely that we’ll run out of IPv6 addresses anytime soon.

China is taking the opportunity of hosting the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing to roll out IPv6, which some have labeled as "leapfrogging" the rest of the world. It plans to have thousands of cameras and sensors, each with a unique IPv6 address, monitoring Olympic activities. I guess that China looks upon this as a 21st Century technological great leap forward.

In western Europe and the United States, where it was once feared that unallocated IPv4 addresses would disappear before 2000, the proliferation of routers with network address translation (NAT) has relieved the pressure on IPv4 addresses.

The big question is, When will China stop censoring Internet use?

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