World's first 64-bit Chinese operating system released

Linux-based server software boosts China''s e-commerce industry.

The Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Singapore-based Donovan Systems have unveiled Chinese Penguin64, the first 64-bit operating system with native Chinese language capability.

The two parties contributed to development costs and will share intellectual property rights on the system, which is based on 64-bit UltraSPARC processing technology developed by Sun Microsystems.

Chinese Penguin64 has double-byte capacity in its kernel, eliminating the need for translation or emulation. Chinese characters, due to their complexity, require two bytes per character as opposed to one for letters in Western alphabets. Penguin64's processing capability covers input, data processing, printing and display.

Professor Li Mingshu of the Institute of Software expects the...

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