North Korea's Official 'Red Star' Operating System Borrows Heavily From OS X

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    Screenshots from the latest version of North Korea's home-grown "Red Star" Linux operating system reveal a striking resemblance to OS X, as shown in a new report from IDG News Service. The new look seen in version 3.0 of the software replaces the Windows-inspired design of version 2.0.

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    Screenshots of the operating system were provided to IDG by Will Scott, a visiting professor at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) who bought the OS in Pyongyang from a local Korea Computer Center (KCC) dealer. KCC is the government's information research technology center and has been in charge of developing Red Star Linux for more than a decade.

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    Red Star OS is the official operating system of North Korea and is localized for the country. It features Naenara ('My Country'), a version of the Mozilla Firefox browser that connects to the country's nationwide intranet. Version 3.0 shown above was released last year, but has until now not received significant attention outside of North Korea due to the country's relative isolation from the world community.

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    All the people crying about "iOSification" of OS X can move to North Korea and be happy.
     
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    No sense in re-creating the wheel eh N. Korea.:rolleyes:
     
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    I think that's kinda cool actually. NK is ballsy if nothing else.
     
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    All that effort for the ~1000 people in NK who will ever get to use a computer in their lifetime (barring social change)?
     
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    Clearly North Korea is sucking up to South Korea and Samsung.
     
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    Tim Cook better not be thinking about suing them. We all know what happened to Hans Blix.

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    "You're breaking my balls here, Hans"
     
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    I take North Korea's "Red Star" OS over any windows any time:p
    And i do not see how the Apple ecosystem is any different then that of North Korea.
    And you do not need to think about trojans and that stuff, it comes with the system, so should you get something else nasty I bet there is a North Korean technician ready to remote remove what you get :D
     
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    What does China have to do with this?
     
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    Hopefully Carl Icahn will meet the same fate the next time he's round at Timmy's for 'dinner'.
     
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    They have their own version of Ru Paul (Dennis Rodman) might as well have their own version of Mac OS X.
     
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    official operating system. i must say that is pretty cool.

    well here is at least one vendor that we can assume listens less to its customers/users than apple
     
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    I bet that is loaded with spyware to track what the people are doing and report back to the local peoples monitors
     
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    Plot twist: OS X is actually developed from Red Star. Maybe that's why NK are so angry.
     

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