Apple’s Mac OSX imitated in latest North Korea system

North Korea has upgraded the operating system used in the country – and it bears a striking resemblance to Apple’s Mac OSX platform.

Red Star OS is the country’s “home-grown” software that is installed on computers found mostly in libraries and schools.

It previously had a look that closely mimicked Microsoft’s Windows system.

Screenshots were obtained by American computer scientist Will Scott andpublished on the NorthKoreaTech blog.

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.

Year 103

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.

Red Star OS screenshot
Another screenshot shows a background selecting screen that will be familiar to Mac users

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been keen to demonstrate his country’s technological abilities since coming to power in December 2011.

In August 2013, he visited a factory that was said to have beenmanufacturing the country’s first smartphone.

Industry experts, however, were unconvinced – most agreed that it was more likely to have been made in China.

 

 

 

Source: BBC NEWS

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