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It's not entirely clear what they're teaching people over in North Korea, but it certainly isn't innovation. Computerworld managed to get a hold of screenshots of the third version of the secretive communist country's homemade Linux-based operating system, and almost any Mac|Life reader should be able to spot some key resemblances right off the bat. Indeed, it looks like nothing so much as Mac OS X.
The images come from computer scientist Will Scott, who bought the operating system at a North Korean retailer while acting as a visiting professor at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. "Red Star OS," as it's called, does little to hide its inspirations, whether it's in the aqua buttons, the dock with its reflective surface, or in the simple grays used for the backgrounds of most applications.
Scott found that the system is designed to accommodate weak machines, as it only needs a Pentium III processor capable of 800 megahertz, 256 MB of RAM, and 3 GB of hard drive space. The resemblance to Apple's signature operating system perhaps isn't that surprising, as the late Kim Jong-Il was said to love the products coming out of Cupertino. That was part of the reason, for instance, why the U.S. government forbade the sale of iPods to the country beginning in 2006.
Red Star OS also allows for a Mozilla-based browser called "Naenara" (or "our country") which grants access to the country's highly restricted Internet service. In light of Scott's findings, one has to wonder if images of Mac OS X are among the forbidden subjects.
Image Source: Computerworld
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