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North Korea's Home-Grown Operating System Mimics OS X 252

Posted by Soulskill
from the north-korea-suddenly-very-hip dept.
CambodiaSam sends the latest on "Red Star OS," North Korea's attempt at a home-grown operating system. Previously, it had closely resembled Microsoft Windows, but a new update now strongly mimics Apple's OS X. "Despite living in a country very much shut off from the outside world, many people in North Korea do have access to technology - including mobile phones. However, devices are heavily restricted. Internet access, for instance, is locked down, with most users able to visit only a handful of sites mostly serving up state-sponsored news. The Red Star OS is peppered with North Korean propaganda, and its calendar tells users it is not 2014, but 103 — the number of years since the birth of former North Korean leader Kim Il-sung. An earlier version of Red Star OS was made available worldwide in 2010 after a Russian student posted it online. The latest version is believed to have been released some time in 2013."
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North Korea's Home-Grown Operating System Mimics OS X

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:08PM (#46166867)

    Day 1: It wouldn't stop, the redirecting. At first I thought it was malware. Had my first drink in a long time.

    Day 2: Barely had the strength to carry on as the BETA REDIRECTIONS continue.. trying not to talk to hallucinations at the bar and in the bathroom which laugh at me about these redirections.

    Day 3: Discovered the BETA redirections were random, and while at first they looked somewhat usable, when I looked at me and my monitor screen in the mirror, a horrible woman with flesh hanging off of her body looked back, trying to lead me into a dance as the word BETA appeared across her rancid breasts.

    Day 4: These BETA corridors go on FOREVER! On the plus side, I've taken up disassembling vehicles to corner this BETA beast and sacrifice myself rather than lead others to discovering it. I ate some red snow.

    Day 5: Finding it harder to concentrate. I've ate some more of the red snow. The taste is starting to grow on me.

    Day 6: This typewriter is the only entertainment I have, apart from throwing things at the walls, trying to get some response from the BETA which is now taking over my mind.

    Day 7: Hahahahahha! Would you believe it? I'M STILL BEING REDIRECTED TO SLASHDOT BETA PAGES! AHAHhahahaah! Type, type, ding, ding! Wooo!

    Day 8: The hallucinations are actually real! Would you believe it? They have offered to help me if I agree to work for them. I'm thinking about patenting this delicious red snow, the taste is unreal!

    Day 9: Having black out sessions where I cannot remember large passings of time. Found some makeup, thought I'd paint a joker smile on my face to amuse the people only I can see!

    Day 10: Productive today, part of what I wrote for my new screenplay:

    I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
    I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
    I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
    I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
    I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
    I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
    I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
    I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
    I cannot opt out of Slas

    (drops of blood on paper)

  • Yawn (Score:3, Funny)

    by pbjones (315127) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:15PM (#46166989)

    Gosh, an OS that mimics another GUI? Would never happen in the 'west'?

  • Re:Mimic? (Score:5, Funny)

    by RDW (41497) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:23PM (#46167123)

    So what is it, really? A pirated copy? Based on Windows? OSX? Linux? Something unique?

    It's about a dictatorial regime imposing a new version of its software on what it sees as a captive population of users, with a generic new user interface obviously copied from somewhere else.

    Oh sorry, you meant Red Star, not Slashdot Beta! No idea. Looks like Linux.

  • by dohzer (867770) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:32PM (#46167253) Homepage
    I'm pretty sure the OS was made public back in 99, not 2010 as has been misreported by this article.
  • Re:Mimic? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:45PM (#46167401)

    You must be confused and offtopic. Today's comments are dedicated to saying fuck BETA.

  • by spitzak (4019) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:56PM (#46167553) Homepage

    I heard MyCleanPC [spam.com] will remove Slashdot beta!

  • by lister king of smeg (2481612) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @07:42PM (#46168053)

    If not, Dear Leader is going to get some serious f-bombs dropped on him by Linus and Richard.

    It is almost worth sending a request to the govenment of North Korea for the a copy of the source code as per the gpl's license just to see what happens...

    Firstly to see if you get a response, and secondly to see how many US govenment watch lists you get put on.
    and if I don't get response i could always sick Stallmen on them...

  • Re:Mimic? (Score:5, Funny)

    by oodaloop (1229816) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @08:33PM (#46168543)
    Good on ya, mate. Keep this thread on topic. BETA is teh sux0r!

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