The veiled nation of North Korea likes to keep a lot of things in house, but that doesn’t keep them from taking inspiration from outside their borders. Take for instance their Linux-based operating system Red Star. Its latest iteration bares a striking resemblance to another OS.
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Korea’s official operating system gets an OS X makeover

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The veiled nation of North Korea likes to keep a lot of things in house, but that doesn’t keep them from taking inspiration from outside their borders. Take for instance their Linux-based operating system Red Star. Its latest iteration bares a striking resemblance to another OS. Specifically, OS X.

Developed by the Korea Computer Center in Pyongyang, Red Star in its older releases was modeled after Windows. As Microsoft has shifted toward new styling in Windows 8, KCC looked to Apple’s popular desktop OS.

Everything from the file directory, apps, dialog boxes, windows, and even the desktop dock mimic OS X. Heck, even the background borrows heavily from Apple’s design. But Windows isn’t completely abandoned. Red Star 3.0 includes Wine, an emulator that can run instances of Windows-compatible software within Linux.

Don’t expect to find support for official Mac apps. Don’t even look for the Mac App Store. Should Apple be upset? We’re sure they are none too happy, but given the operating system’s limited distribution in a nation cut off from most of the world around it, they don’t have much reason for concern.

[via NorthKoreaTech]

 

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