Kylin is an open source operating system, based on FreeBSD, and developed by academics at the National University of Defense Technology in the People’s Republic of China. It was first released in 2007 and intended to be used by the Chinese military and government organizations.
A New Kylin Release Using Ubuntu
In 2013, Canonical partnered with an agency within the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MII) and announced that a new Linux-based operating system with the same name would be released using Ubuntu.
According to this article on ServerWatch, the new version will be called Ubuntu Kylin (“UbuntuKylin”). Among the China-specific features that Ubuntu Kylin will include are language localization as well as Chinese input methods and calendars. Ubuntu Kylin is also expected to eventually support integration with Chinese web services such as Baidu and Taobao.