At the national scientific and technological conference held early this
year, the Kylin Operating System, developed by the National University of
Defense Technology, was designated as the document processing operating system
for the conference, which indicates that the basic software products, developed
independently by China, can now replace the foreign products. Not long ago,
Kylin was listed as one of the " Top 10 Scientific and Technological Progresses
News of Higher Learning Institutes in China in 2005.
For a long time, foreign products monopolized China's computer operating
system market as China lacked of independent R & D in software industry.
This resulted in the control of China's software industry by others, which had
affected other related IT industries. Thus, it is a top priority task for China
to develop the operating system of high performance with proprietary
intellectual property rights in order to enhance its national information
In 2001, the central government decided to assign the mission of developing
an operating system with independent intellectual property right, a major
special project of the state's "863 Hi-tech Program", to the Computer Science
Institute of the National University of Defense Technology. Upon receiving the
mission, the institute swiftly organized a strong scientific and technological
task group to brave difficulties and hardships and make bold innovations.
Eventually, the group succeeded in making breakthroughs in a series of core
technologies and developed the first 64-bit operating system with high security
level (B2 class)-the Kylin server operating system. The system is not only
compatible with the mainstream operating systems in the world, but also supports
several multiple microprocessors and computers of different structures. In
addition, the system is also the first operating system without Linux kernel
that has obtained Linux global standard authentification by the international
Free Standards Group (FSG).
The successful development of the Kylin server operating system has broken
the monopoly of China's IT infrastructure by foreign products, solved the
problem of lacking of core technologies in software industry, improved the
overall national security level of IT infrastructure. Thus the successful
development of the Kylin server operating system is of strategic importance for
China to improve its national software system with proprietary intellectual
property rights, and to speed up independent informationization drive.
By Wang Wowen and Chen Ming
(Feb.14, PLA Daily)