Entries with tag alternative operating systems.

China Preparing National Operating System

China is preparing to launch an operating system to end its reliance on imported technologies such as Android, the Mac OS, and Windows. The Chinese Academy of Engineering system should be released in October 2014, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency. The desktop version is expected to be released first, followed by the mobile OS, according to the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The goal is to replace foreign-made desktop OSs within one or two years and mobile operating systems within three to five years. Ni Guangnan, a professor with the Chinese Academy of Engineering, heads a government development alliance for the academy and told Xinhua that a lack of research funds and too many independent developers working in different directions have hampered the new design effort and that the government should direct the project. The Chinese government has been pushing the use of domestic technology to avoid what it says are the cybersecurity risks of using foreign technology. In May 2014, it banned the use of Windows 8. (Reuters)(PC Mag)(BBC)(Xinhua News Agency)

New EU Complaint Lodged Against Microsoft

A Spanish open-source group filed a complaint with the European Commission against Microsoft Tuesday. Hispalinux claims Windows 8 has a feature that makes it difficult for a user to easily install alternative operating systems. Microsoft reportedly claims this mechanism is a security feature users have known about. The company stated it is “confident our approach complies with the law and helps keep customers safe.” Hispalinux, an 8,000-member group of Linux users and developers, says in the 14-page complaint, The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot in Windows 8 serves as “a de facto technological jail for computer booting systems... making Microsoft's Windows platform less neutral than ever.” Users wishing to install another operating system must obtain keys from Microsoft to be able to do so. The net effect is anti-competitive and bad for users and the software industry, claims the group. Earlier this month, the European Commission fined Microsoft 561m euros (£484m) for failing to offer users a choice of web browser, bringing the total fines levied against it for violating EU business rules in the past decade 2.2 billion euros ($2.83 billion), according to Reuters. (BBC)(Reuters)

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