North Korea are leaders in absolutely no sector on Earth – unless you count imprisoning its own people as a sector.
That’s why it has to borrow stuff from other countries. Most recently, North Korea decided to borrow an operating system from one of the most valuable companies in the world: Apple.
That’s right: North Korean “made” its “very own” operating system. That OS looks like Mac OS X in every possible way but is called Red Star Linux Version 3.0. That’s right: this is the third version of North Korea’s flagship operating system.
One of the funniest parts about this story is that Red Star Linux Version 2.0 featured a distinctively Windows 7-like operating system. The first version of Red Star was released over a decade ago, while the second came out three years ago. Although Version 3 came out in the middle of last year, nobody really knew about it until recently.
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Most North Koreans do not have internet access. They do, however, have access to an internal internet-like network – an intranet system.
This intranet, as you might expect, features lots of propaganda and official government websites and not a lot of fun stuff like YouTube or Twitter. Funnily enough, Red Star Linux Version 3.0 uses a lightly-modified version of Mozilla.
And by lightly modified, I mean that they basically just changed the name of Mozilla Firefox to Naenara, which is “My Country” in Korean. And yes, you can run Windows software on the operating system.
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How did we find out about it?

North Korea opened something called the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), which is a foreign-funded university where professors come from overseas. One of those professors is Will Scott, a computer scientist, who discovered the strange operating system while working in the DPRK capital.
Scott claims he bought the operating system at a Korea Computer Center (KCC) dealer in Pyongyang. I’m sure Apple will be happy about this news because obviously, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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