Ubuntu Kylin

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Ubuntu Kylin
Ubuntu Kylin logo
Ubuntu Kylin 13.04
Developer National University of Defense Technology, Canonical Ltd., Ubuntu Kylin Community
OS family Unix-like
Source model Open source
Initial release 25 April 2013; 19 months ago (2013-04-25)
Latest release 14.10 / 23 October 2014; 50 days ago (2014-10-23)
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.[5] Features include Chinese input methods, Chinese calendars, a weather indicator, and online music search from the Dash.[5]

In the latest release 14.10, 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 close sourced, it is not included in the official Ubuntu Kylin image, but users can download it from UKSC or Sogou's website.

Release history[edit]

The current version is 14.10.

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[6]
13.10 Saucy Salamander 17 October 2013[7] Old version, no longer supported: 17 July 2014 3.11
14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr 17 April 2014[8] Older version, yet still supported: April 2019 3.13[9]
14.10 Utopic Unicorn 23 October 2014[10] Current stable version: July 2015 3.16[11]
15.04 Vivid Vervet 2015-04 Future release: January 2016 TBD
Old version
Older version, still supported
Latest version
Latest preview version
Future release


  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. ^ a b The Final Release of Ubuntu Kylin 13.04 Is Now Available for Download, news.softpedia.com, retrieved 26 April 2013
  6. ^ "Ubuntu Kernel Team - Raring Release Status". Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Saucy Release Schedule". wiki.ubuntu.com. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Trusty Release Schedule". wiki.ubuntu.com. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Larabel, Michael (28 March 2014). "Linux 3.14 Isn't Going To Make It Into Ubuntu 14.04 LTS". Phoronix. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Utopic Release Schedule". wiki.ubuntu.com. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Now Based on Linux Kernel 3.16", July 22nd, 2014, Silviu Stahie

External links[edit]

Media related to Ubuntu Kylin at Wikimedia Commons