Ubuntu Kylin

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Ubuntu Kylin
Ubuntu Kylin logo
Ubuntu Kylin 14.10 Desktop.jpg
Ubuntu Kylin 14.10
Developer National University of Defense Technology, Canonical Ltd., Ubuntu Kylin Community
Written in {{#property:p277}}
OS family Unix-like
Source model Open source
Initial release 25 April 2013; 5 years ago (2013-04-25)
Latest release 16.04 / 21 April 2016; 2 years ago (2016-04-21)
Available in Simplified Chinese
Package manager dpkg
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux kernel)
Userland GNU
Default user interface Unity shell on top of GNOME 3.x
License Free software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official website www.ubuntukylin.com

Ubuntu Kylin is the official Chinese version of the Ubuntu computer operating system.

It has been described as a "loose continuation of the Chinese Kylin OS".[1] In 2013, Canonical reached an agreement with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China to co-create and release a Ubuntu-based OS with features targeted at the Chinese market.[2][3] Ubuntu Kylin is intended for desktop and laptop computers.[4]

The first official release, Ubuntu Kylin 13.04, was released on 25 April 2013, on the same day as Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail).[5] Features include Chinese input methods, Chinese calendars, a weather indicator, and online music search from the Dash.[5]

In the 14.10 release, it features its own Ubuntu Kylin Software Center (UKSC) and a utility which helps common end-users for daily computing tasks called Youker Assistant.

The team also cooperates with Sogou to develop Sogou Input Method for Linux. Since it is closed source, it is not included in the official Ubuntu Kylin image, but users can download it from UKSC or Sogou's website.

Release history

The current version is 16.04 which also is the latest LTS version.[6]

Version Code name Release date Supported until Kernel version
13.04 Raring Ringtail 25 April 2013 Old version, no longer supported: 27 January 2014 3.8[7]
13.10 Saucy Salamander 17 October 2013[8] Old version, no longer supported: 17 July 2014 3.11
14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr 17 April 2014[9] Older version, yet still supported: April 2019 3.13[10]
14.10 Utopic Unicorn 23 October 2014[11] Old version, no longer supported: July 2015 3.16[12]
15.04 Vivid Vervet[13] 23 April 2015 Older version, yet still supported: 2016-01 3.19[14]
15.10 Wily Werewolf[15] 22 October 2015[16] Current stable version: 2016-07 4.2
16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus[17] 21 April 2016[18] Future release: N/A 4.4
Old version
Older version, still supported
Latest version
Latest preview version
Future release

See also


  1. Chinese Linux Distro Seeks Place in Ubuntu Family, www.omgubuntu.co.uk, 27 February 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013
  2. "Et tu, Ubuntu?", The Epoch Times, 29 April 2013
  3. "Chinese government builds national OS around Ubuntu.", ZDNet, 22 March 2013
  4. China to create home-grown operating system, BBC News, 22 March 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Final Release of Ubuntu Kylin 13.04 Is Now Available for Download, news.softpedia.com, retrieved 26 April 2013
  6. "Ubuntu Kylin Download Page". 
  7. "Ubuntu Kernel Team - Raring Release Status". Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  8. "Saucy Release Schedule". wiki.ubuntu.com. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  9. "Trusty Release Schedule". wiki.ubuntu.com. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  10. Larabel, Michael (28 March 2014). "Linux 3.14 Isn't Going To Make It Into Ubuntu 14.04 LTS". Phoronix. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  11. "Utopic Release Schedule". wiki.ubuntu.com. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  12. "Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Now Based on Linux Kernel 3.16", July 22nd, 2014, Silviu Stahie
  13. Mark Shuttleworth (20 October 2014). "V is for Vivid". Mark Shuttleworth | here be dragons. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  14. "VividVervet/ReleaseNotes - Ubuntu Wiki". wiki.ubuntu.com. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  15. Mark Shuttleworth (4 May 2015). "W is for Wily". Mark Shuttleworth | here be dragons. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  16. "WilyWerewolf/ReleaseSchedule – Ubuntu Wiki". ubuntu.com. 
  17. Mark Shuttleworth (21 October 2015). "X marks the spot". Mark Shuttleworth | here be dragons. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  18. "XenialXerus/ReleaseSchedule – Ubuntu Wiki". ubuntu.com. 

External links

Media related to Ubuntu Kylin at Wikimedia Commons