A hacker has leaked an operating system called “RedStar 3.0” that North Korea has been using to free itself of the rest of the Earth’s technology, Motherboard reports.
The software is publicly available on the file-sharing site Pastebin, but it won’t be easy for most consumers to load this package of email and word processor applications, soothing island screenshots and folk music.
DPRK friends are somewhat of a system requirement. The product is only available in the syllabary Hangul alphabet. Seoul has been removed from the available timezone settings.
The hacker, known as Slipstream, posted North Korea’s esoteric OS a few days ago. Slipstream has boasted about “pulling data out of North Korea’s ass since 2014."
Images of the operating system were first revealed in fall 2013 by former Google employee Will Scott. He learned about the system while teaching for a few months at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. Scott’s students told him that, because DPRK is at war with America, the country developed its own operating system.
“Mail is called ‘carrier pigeon,’ there are pre-installed games, the boot jingle is a popular Korean folksong, and the retail price is also adjusted for the country’s spending power—you can get a copy of the system for less than five bucks,” Motherboard reports.
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