China Aims to Replace iOS, Android with National Operation System

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China Aims to Replace iOS, Android with National Operation System

The Linux-based "China Operating System" runs on everything from PCs to phones.

The initial Snowden leaks were like a massive omelet on the face of the NSA and the American government in general. Ever since, fresh info keeps leaking, like a busted sewage truck on the highway. Oops, they tapped the German Chancellor's personal phone. Oops, they intercepted phones and laptops in shipment and bugged them. At this point, it's understandable for foreign nations to feel decidedly squeamish about using American tech. To that end, China announced that it'll be releasing COS, the China Operating System, to replace Windows, Android, and iOS in one nationalistic swoop.

In a recent launch event, COS was announced as a tool to break the foreign "monopoly" on technology. The Linux-based operating system is the product of the Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS) and the Chinese tech company Shanghai Liantong.

Not only will it not have NSA backdoors, but it'll be better too, at least according to the ISCAS chief. As reported on Engadget China, iOS is too closed, Android is too fragmented, and Windows Phone is too insecure. How exactly COS fixes these issues isn't explained, and Chinese consumers aren't exactly thrilled. One Chinese citizen is quoted as saying: "What does COS stand for? COPY OTHER SYSTEM?"

Keep in mind that this isn't the first time that China has attempted this. While I can totally understand its fears about the NSA, as far as the consumer is concerned, it looks like a pretty lateral move.

Source: People's Daily via Read Write

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while an interesting idea it wouldnt in any way have a backdoor for access to chinese government intelligence services now would it

wombat_of_war:
while an interesting idea it wouldnt in any way have a backdoor for access to chinese government intelligence services now would it

Only for the safety of the innocent children of the first nation. Surely that is better than leaving them to find trouble? /Red bullshit

If it's not free, I bet most will stick with pirating Windows.

I have a feeling this will operating system will not be very good.

The NSA backdoors will be replaced with Chinese governmental backdoors, frontdoors, and really big windows.

Also, China isn't well known for it's large workforce of great programmers.

wombat_of_war:
while an interesting idea it wouldnt in any way have a backdoor for access to chinese government intelligence services now would it

Eh...allows people the freedom to choose if they want to be spied on by the US or China, which I guess is a plus. All the trendy people will want to be spied on by China, being spied on by the NSA is too mainstream.

Makes sense for them. Do you want the operating system of your country to be easily hacked by your government, or by a foreign power?

Makes sense for them. Do you want the operating system of your country to be easily hacked by your government, or by a foreign power?

It'll probably be named something like Brave Warrior Dragon Operating system or something.

Chinese national anthem as default and only choice for ringtone.

Raiyan 1.0:
It'll probably be named something like Brave Warrior Dragon Operating system or something.

The great wall of flying golden tiger as the anti-virus system

EDIT: and the sound of gong as alarm clock.

wombat_of_war:
while an interesting idea it wouldnt in any way have a backdoor for access to chinese government intelligence services now would it

Nah, there won't be a back door. It will come with an open front door, a few open windows and a secret entrance, but no back door, don't be silly.

thaluikhain:

Eh...allows people the freedom to choose if they want to be spied on by the US or China, which I guess is a plus. All the trendy people will want to be spied on by China, being spied on by the NSA is too mainstream.

Pfft, China spied on me before it was cool. Now it's gotten all mainstream and such. I'm going to let NSA spy on me ironically now.

I know that China just legalised games consoles, but despite that they seem to be getting yet more xenophobic. It's a shame they couldn't take one step forwards without another one back.

Chinese programs are notoriously insecure.
This isn't to protect itself against the NSA or 'foreign' agencies. But to get control over more data and users. Chinese agencies don't have easy access to Microsoft, Google, Yahoo etc. for information, and only those users IN China use the Chinese equivalents. this would be a step to increase control of information for those who regularly view non-Chinese material.
It would most likely be filled with software to monitor and automatically censor undesirable images, phrases and content (Re: Green Dam a few years ago.) Wouldn't touch this OS or even let it exist in my network.

Are you sick of the US Government spying on you? We, the Chinese Government would like to offer an alternative. Let us spy on you! You don't want anyone spying on you? Too bad! Pick your poison and be glad we gave you a choice.

mysecondlife:
Chinese national anthem as default and only choice for ringtone.

Raiyan 1.0:
It'll probably be named something like Brave Warrior Dragon Operating system or something.

The great wall of flying golden tiger as the anti-virus system

EDIT: and the sound of gong as alarm clock.

and chiri will filter key words that are considered anti goverment and flag the user to the nearest police ...ahm consumer service.

Like the others have said, this is more of a matter of control over their own citizenry type of matter than it is a security thing. To think that the NSA doesn't know how to exploit anything based on the Unix kernel and Linux family of operating systems is pure absurdity, and no amount of 'creative' coding will get them around the fact that it's still a programming language that the NSA is already familiar with.

Instead of american spyware it will now contain chinese spyware :D. I don't really like big framentation of OSes if the same apps/programs are not compatible on the different systems. Makes it harder for the programmers to bring their program to all relevant platform and makes it harder for the consumers, since they have to put up with exclusivity crap.

MysticMongol:
Makes sense for them. Do you want the operating system of your country to be easily hacked by your government, or by a foreign power?

In terms of getting fucked by the law, I'd prefer being spied on by a nation that has no legal power in my country. Especially when I reside in the PRC.

Interesting choice, get the american programs and let us spy on you or get the chinese version and let them spy on you. I think it all comes down to whose intelligence service does more brutal interrogations. Given that choice I'd say NSA, I think China might've learned a few things from the KGB back during the Cold War and as everyone knows the KGB are beyond brutal.

It's funny how bare-faced about all this China tends to be. They ain't foolin' anybody, and I'm not sure if it's worse if they know that or think they're being clever.

Oh yes no nsa backdoors, but this is china we are talking about...... *sigh*

Not G. Ivingname:
I have a feeling this will operating system will not be very good.

The NSA backdoors will be replaced with Chinese governmental backdoors, frontdoors, and really big windows.

Also, China isn't well known for it's large workforce of great programmers.

The majority of global hacking attacks (serious ones, not Lulzsec or Anonymous) are basically confirmed to come from China. They do put considerable resources into spying on other nations, and they are better at it than most.

CAPTCHA: 'sing a song'... TO CELEBRATE THE GLORY OF THE PARTY!

"Not only will it not have NSA backdoors"
As long as people like money, there's always a chance someone will be paid off to betray you...
But it is highly probable it *has* Chinese backdoors.

Well I'm always into trying new software, can I get the Chinese Bootleg of it?......oh wait.

Kenjitsuka:
"Not only will it not have NSA backdoors"
As long as people like money, there's always a chance someone will be paid off to betray you...
But it is highly probable it *has* Chinese backdoors.

The irony will no doubt be that the NSA will bribe someone to give them the keys to the legit backdoors. This kind of stuff used to happen with moles in the KGB handing over stuff to the CIA, thus saving the latter a whole lot of effort in following people around. No need to surveil when your enemy will do for you nearly for free. If China goes through with this, there's going to be lots of tears when other governments and regular old hackers figure out how to pop open the secret spy code.

Well, i mean the NSA has supposedly had backdoors in Windows since Windows 2000 along with several Cisco routers (and probably more). It's almost safe to assume they can just access any PC with Windows on it connected to the internet.

At the very least, Linus Torvalds also publicly stated that government spooks also approached him about putting in an NSA backdoor in the Linux kernel but he sent them away (it's also open source so you can look for it yourself, it's not there).

Not G. Ivingname:
I have a feeling this will operating system will not be very good.

The NSA backdoors will be replaced with Chinese governmental backdoors, frontdoors, and really big windows.

Also, China isn't well known for it's large workforce of great programmers.

I'd beg to differ, the majority of foreign hack attacks, including attacks on the pentagon have originated from China. Granted DoS attacks do not require any skills, but the chines state sponsored hackers have also made sophisticated virus' like "code red", "flame", "nimda/shamon/conflicker" ect. These programs can do everything from messing with instrumentation, ripping account details and ftp server information, to modifying boot procedures!. Most civillians just don't notice because they are not targets.

OT: I think it is futile trying to introduce a new OS, maybe it's is all conjecture and paranoia, but the more I hear about the NSA's spy programs the more I feel that they are omniscient and omnipresent, perhaps that is the hidden reason for all of this. According to Snowden the NSA is developing tech to tap into unetworked computers by "listening" to tiny radio signal communication between computer components. which has led the Russian FSB to pruchase under 100000$ worth of typewriters and typists in order to safeguard secrets the old fashion way.

It's funny in a cynical way, how mistrust between nations would cause technological regression.

Man, even in China WP8 gets snubbed.

Xan Krieger:
Interesting choice, get the american programs and let us spy on you or get the chinese version and let them spy on you. I think it all comes down to whose intelligence service does more brutal interrogations. Given that choice I'd say NSA, I think China might've learned a few things from the KGB back during the Cold War and as everyone knows the KGB are beyond brutal.

Exactly was I was thinking. This is a rare situation where people will throw up their hands and say, "NSA, PLEASE SPY ON ME."

How open source will this OS be? I might give it a bash ;)

The largest nation in the world and it's taken them this long to develop their own OS? I for one welcome the people's glorious operating system. It ill impress me to no end if it manages to at least be marginally less intrusive than today's operating systems, the NSA, or google/facebook have become.

While a stupid idea, it is neat as it says it will be running Linux which I am a big fan of. It is definatly a choice between being spied on by the US or China, though, you could also just use Ubuntu/Suse/Arch/ANY LINUX SYSTEM EVER and not be spied on by anyone. But either way we end up being married to an email provider and we get spied on anyway so... ... It doesn't really matter in the end.

Damn it, The US government should have just killed Snowden from the start like the good old cold war days since he was such a massive intelligence leak, then I wouldn't keep having to hear about all of this stupidity.

Just because it is out in the open now people make such a big deal about it when everyone should have realized that they have been spying on us for decades and it doesn't matter.

As reported on Engadget China, iOS is too closed, Android is too fragmented, and Windows Phone is too insecure.

And the new OS will take these features and put it into one! You will have a closed, fragmented system that is insecure. Because we already know what kind of software china is making and why they should stick to hardware business.

Yopaz:

Pfft, China spied on me before it was cool. Now it's gotten all mainstream and such. I'm going to let NSA spy on me ironically now.

Ironically or post-ironically? ;)

Wherever I am in the world, I think I would always prefer to be spied on by the NSA because at least they wont come kick my door down and drag me away in the middle of the night to a Tibetan death camp. And besides, the NSA only cares if I start wanting to blow up buildings. The Chinese will go after people for talking bad about the government.

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