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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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, might the folks in Cupertino be pleased when they see the latest version of North Korea's home-grown operating system?

Version 3.0 of Red Star Linux presents users with a radical refresh of its desktop design, one that closely resembles Mac OS X.

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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Top Rated Comments

Tinmania Avatar
131 months ago
I wonder if mail works?



Mike
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bbfc Avatar
131 months ago
China sure does lead the way in innovation.

What does China have to do with this?
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
saintforlife Avatar
131 months ago
Tim Cook better not be thinking about suing them. We all know what happened to Hans Blix.

Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
topgunn Avatar
131 months ago


Shall we play a game?
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LIVEFRMNYC Avatar
131 months ago
The User Agreement on this probably states "Click Agree or Die".
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nwcs Avatar
131 months ago
All that effort for the ~1000 people in NK who will ever get to use a computer in their lifetime (barring social change)?
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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