They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I do wonder how Apple fanboys would feel after checking out the screenshot above that depicts an upgraded version of Red Star OS, which is the operating system used on computers in North Korea. Don’t you think that the overall aesthetics found in the screenshot do bear a striking resemblance to the Mac OS X platform? The Red Star OS is installed on computers that are used in the majority of libraries and schools in the highly secretive country. In the past, before this upgrade, it seems that the Red Star OS carried the visual DNA, so to speak, of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.
The screenshot above was obtained by American computer scientist Will Scott from this blog. North Korea might be extremely isolated from the rest of the world, but this does not mean that the people there do not have access to technology at all. No sir, but the sad thing is, the devices that they own, such as mobile phones and computers, are heavily restricted. Internet access is locked down, and you can for the most part only visit a bunch of sites that are approved by the government.
In fact, the Red Star OS remains full of North Korean propaganda, where the calendar informs users that it is 103, which is the total number of years since the birth of the now deceased North Korean leader Kim Il-sung.