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A glimpse at North Korea's Red Star 3 desktop operating system

Little is known about technology usage in North Korea, but the Red Star 3 OS seems to closely resemble Apple's Mac OS X
By: Michael Hatamoto | Operating Systems News | Posted: Jan 3, 2015 1:04 pm

The outside world doesn't know what type of computer hardware and software is used in North Korea, but there have been recent glimpses of what the reclusive government utilizes. Former Google executive Will Scott visited the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, and purchased a copy of the "Red Star 3" desktop operating system.




North Korea previously relied on Microsoft Windows for desktop PCs, but developed its own Red Star 3 OS. The OS looks strikingly similar to the Apple Mac OS X operating system - past versions of North Korean-made software closely mimicked Windows.




As the world begins to learn more about Bureau 121, the elite North Korean cyber hacking unit, there is still very little known about technology usage in the country. Internet use is heavily restricted, and is aimed towards military and government use - and for the elite of the country.


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