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What is Ubuntu Kylin?

The objective of the Ubuntu Kylin project is to create a variant of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users. We are committed to provide you with a delicate, thoughtful and fully customized Chinese user experience out-of-the-box. For instance, by providing a desktop user interface localized in Chinese and installing common software that Chinese users commonly use by default. Ubuntu Kylin has been a formal member of the Ubuntu family since Ubuntu Kylin 13.04. Now, we are happy to announce the release of Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 LTS.


Features in Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 LTS Release

In this final release, the Linux kernel is upgraded to 3.13 and Unity is upgraded to 7.2. Specifically designed for efficient Chinese input, 14.04 LTS has the Sogou Input Method, a typing tool that provides intelligent predictive search and auto-complete. Sogou, combined with Kingsoft WPS office suite, makes Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 LTS even faster and easier to use when creating documents and browsing the web. The new release also includes Kingsoft Kuaipan, the cloud file syncing application, which offers a maximum of 2TB personal cloud storage and provides rapid access to files and content to any Kuaipan-compatible device over the web. A lightweight Ubuntu Kylin software center is provided to supports both Ubuntu and Ubuntu Kylin archives. Users can easily enjoy popular Chinese applications co-developed by Ubuntu Kylin team!


This final release includes the 3.13.0-19.39 Ubuntu Linux kernel which was based on the v3.13.6 upstream Linux kernel. It improves much at networking, scheduling, thermal and power management, visualization, filesystems, security and hardware support.

Ubuntu Kylin Archive

We establish an archive on the cloud platform based on Tianhe-2 supercomputer. To supports both Ubuntu and Ubuntu Kylin archives, a new Ubuntu Kylin Software Center is designed with GUI much easy for Chinese. Now, you can enjoy popular Chinese applications co-developed by Ubuntu Kylin team via this client!


System Customization

  • Localization: co-work with Ubuntu Loco team, translate the UI, software description and help documentation. During the cycle between Beta 1 and Final Release, we translated more than 5600 items and reviewed more than 56600 items, which makes you have a more suitable desktop experience!
  • Optimization: choose Chinese-specified packages( such as Fctix, Chromium and SMPlayer) and remove useless software and language packages, which make the system lightweight and easy to use.
  • Customized Chinese Themes, specifically designed for Chinese users. Stunning boot-up animations and selected wallpapers from our contest. Allowing you to appreciate the efforts we have devoted even to the details.


System Applications

  • Youker Assistant, a system management and configuration tool we developed for Ubuntu Kylin users. It could show system infromation, cleanup system garbage and beautify system customization. It makes your desktop more streamlined, more user-friendly, and enriched with personality.

  • Fcitx Qimpanel, we design and develop a powerful panel for Fcitx. It is efficient and stable, with four beautiful Ubuntu Kylin shins. We are providing you with a better Chinese input experience.


  • Kingsoft Kuaipan, a Linux cloud storage client jointly developed by Ubuntu Kylin Team and the Kingsoft Cloud Corp.. It provides file synchronization, backup, and sharing capabilities. You can manage your files across all OS now!

  • WPS Office, domestic text processing tools, compatible with Microsoft Office file formats, powerful typesetting features and extensive online resources.


Coming Soon

  • Sogou Input Method, co-developed by Ubuntu Kylin team and Sogou Corp.. It is based on Fcitx framework and supports the same user experience with Windows, Mac version. We will release the first formal version in Apr 2014.

Known Problems

  • The default input method is IBus while we choose fcitx as default (1297831)

  • The backend doesn't run normally in youker-assistant (1298428)

  • Some machines have problem after updgraded from 13.10 to 14.04,cannot login system (1298237),Input-keyboard can not input Chinese (1298367)

  • Default Chinese font changed after completing language support installation (1227034)

  • The latest wallpaper not integrated (1298155)

System Requirements

A Pentium II or Celeron system with 512 MB of RAM is probably a bottom-line configuration that may yield slow yet usable system with a standard Ubuntu Kylin desktop.

14.04 ISO require your CPU to have Physical Address Extensions, or PAE. "PAE is provided by Intel Pentium Pro and above CPUs, including all later Pentium-series processors (except most 400 MHz-bus versions of the Pentium M)." - If you have a NON-PAE CPU and would like to install Ubuntu 12.10, please see this link or you can use Ubuntu 12.04 instead. For Intel based Macs, Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 should run on all models.



The Release ISO can be downloaded from here


Thanks to everyone involving in the development of Ubuntu Kylin, the success of Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 would the result of our joint efforts. If you want to be a contributor of Ubuntu Kylin,see: NewContributorGuide