I’ve done some more research into Kylin, and came across the main Kylin website: kylin-os.com (Chinese). The government seems to have set up a company, Kyrin, to research, develop, promote, educate and deploy Kylin in government departments and commercial enterprices, e.g.
- China Construction Bank
- North China Electric Power
- Xiangcai Securities
- Shanghai Unicom
Kirin also develops load balancing servers, NAS storage systems, secure network storage (SecStor) and a Linux based Kylin version.
What is the reasoning (for the government) to begin developing a new product? Was Kylin with its proprietary security layer not secure enough? Or, is NeoKylin just another domestic Chinese product built with government sponsorship and funding like redflag-linux?
For the record, Kylin 2.1 is Freebsd 5.3 + linux_base-fc4. If you’re familiar with Chinese, you may download Kylin 2.1 from freebsdcentral.com:
I’ve not been able to get my fingers on Kylin 3.0 (yet).
More on Kylin OS (use Google Translate):