North Korea’s National Operating System Looks Somewhat Familiar

Posted by: Maxine Brimmer (3 years, 7 months ago)

Computers all around North Korea should soon be getting an upgraded operating system which might look more than a little familiar even in the west. The country’s “home-grown” operating system software, known as Red Star OS, bears more than just a passing resemblance to Apple’s OS X.

In previous editions, Red Star OS has always been modelled more closely off Microsoft’s Windows operating system, but it seems that the powers that be in North Korea thought it was time for a change. The news was released by computer scientists Will Scott, who published screenshots of the strange platform on the NorthKoreaTech blog.

Although North Korea often seems to be shrouded in secrecy to the outside world, it seems that many people in the cut-off country do have access to technology including computers and cell phones, though access is restricted. Internet access is strictly controlled in North Korea, with only a few state-sponsored sites available to most people. Even the Red Start OS itself is heavily influenced by the government, listing the current year as 103 rather than 2014, as it has been 103 years since the birth of late leader Kim Il-sung.

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