“If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, might the folks in Cupertino be pleased when they see the latest version of North Korea’s home-grown operating system?” Martyn Williams reports for IDG News Service.

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“Version 3.0 of Red Star Linux presents users with a radical refresh of its desktop design, one that closely resembles Mac OS X,” Williams reports. “The new look replaces the Windows 7-like desktop that was used in version 2.0 of the software.”

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“The Korea Computer Center (KCC), a major software development center in Pyongyang, began developing Red Star about a decade ago. Version 2 is 3 years old and version 3 appears to have been released in the middle of last year,” Williams reports. “While most North Koreans are restricted from accessing the Internet, many can get access to a nationwide intranet through universities and public libraries. The intranet offers websites for domestic institutions and is heavily skewed towards offering information, educational materials such as PDF versions of books and scientific papers, and government propaganda.”

Williams reports, “Red Star Linux includes a web browser based on Mozilla that has been re-branded ‘Naenara,’ or ‘My country.’”

Read more, and see the screenshot, in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "James W." for the heads up.]