The Chinese market is readjusting after the end of life of Windows XP support, and they do not seem to be very interested in another Windows operating system, so they are looking for alternatives. That’s why Ubuntu Kylin is having an unforeseen impact in the Chinese market, and Dell is one of the means used to expand the system in China.
Don’t be fooled: Windows remains a major player within the Asian Giant market, but it is not the same situation that existed a decade ago. The computer ecosystem is much more varied, and we find that there are a good number of very successful Linux distributions present in it. Deepin is one of them, though Ubuntu Kylin is the one that is officially supported by the Chinese authorities, Which carries a lot more weight than you might expect.
As you can imagine, the private sector wants a piece of this whole pie, and Dell is one of the companies that figured out how to get a foot in the door: Distributing desktop and laptop computers with Ubuntu Kylin preinstalled instead of Windows.
The Chinese love Linux, and so does Dell
Dell has been shipping Ubuntu-powered computers for a season now, and the company is making sure consumers know it. They can’t ship any Ubuntu to China, but luckily for them there has been Ubuntu Kylin for the Asian giant since 2013.
According to the country media, 40% of Dell laptops sold in China incorporate Ubuntu Kylin, And this translates into a huge number of machines. It may not be very impressive in the West – after all they are still behind Windows, it doesn’t seem remarkable at all – but China is a country where billions of people live, and 40% of all these potential users is a lot.
Ubuntu Kylin is part of the Ubuntu family and follows the same release cycle: Every six months a new version appears, the latest being Ubuntu Kylin 15.04. System version 15.10 is expected for next October.