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Ministry calls for efforts on breaking tech bottlenecks

By Ma Si | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2022-12-29 13:26

The OpenEuler operating system by Huawei Technologies Co. [Photo/openeuler.org]

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the nation's top industry regulator, called for persistent efforts to crack core technological bottlenecks such as operating systems.

Vice-Minister of Industry and Information Technology Wang Jiangping said at a meeting on Wednesday that persistency is needed to develop crucial technologies and more efforts will be made to enhance the supply capacity of operating systems and other services.

Promising that the ministry will strengthen top-level design, Wang called for a bigger push to jointly build a more active open source community, explore typical application scenarios and best practices of key software, as well as strengthen talent and promote open cooperation.

Operating system is a key area that Chinese companies are working on to reduce their reliance on foreign companies amid the US government's restrictions.

Huawei Technologies Co is continuing its drive for development of the OpenEuler operating system as part of its broader push to solve China's lack of homegrown operating systems for fundamental digital technologies.

The OpenEuler is designed for enterprise customers and can be used in devices such as servers, cloud computing and edge computing. Last year, Huawei donated the Euler operating system to the OpenAtom Foundation, a major open source foundation in China, to become an open-source OS.

Wang Tao, a member of Huawei's executive board, said the OpenEuler open source community now has 600 enterprise members, and more than 3 million sets of equipment have been equipped with the OpenEuler operating system.

OpenEuler now accounts for 25 percent of the new market of server operating systems in China.

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