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North Korea's Home-Grown Operating System Mimics OS X

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the north-korea-suddenly-very-hip dept.

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CambodiaSam sends the latest on "Red Star OS," North Korea's attempt at a home-grown operating system. Previously, it had closely resembled Microsoft Windows, but a new update now strongly mimics Apple's OS X. "Despite living in a country very much shut off from the outside world, many people in North Korea do have access to technology - including mobile phones. However, devices are heavily restricted. Internet access, for instance, is locked down, with most users able to visit only a handful of sites mostly serving up state-sponsored news. The Red Star OS is peppered with North Korean propaganda, and its calendar tells users it is not 2014, but 103 — the number of years since the birth of former North Korean leader Kim Il-sung. An earlier version of Red Star OS was made available worldwide in 2010 after a Russian student posted it online. The latest version is believed to have been released some time in 2013."

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Seconds since 1970 (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46166839)

Are we really any different? All hail the Unix gods.

You know....as bad as it probably is.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167407)

.....it's probably still better than windows.

Confessions Of an Ex-SLASHDOT BETA user (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46166867)

Day 1: It wouldn't stop, the redirecting. At first I thought it was malware. Had my first drink in a long time.

Day 2: Barely had the strength to carry on as the BETA REDIRECTIONS continue.. trying not to talk to hallucinations at the bar and in the bathroom which laugh at me about these redirections.

Day 3: Discovered the BETA redirections were random, and while at first they looked somewhat usable, when I looked at me and my monitor screen in the mirror, a horrible woman with flesh hanging off of her body looked back, trying to lead me into a dance as the word BETA appeared across her rancid breasts.

Day 4: These BETA corridors go on FOREVER! On the plus side, I've taken up disassembling vehicles to corner this BETA beast and sacrifice myself rather than lead others to discovering it. I ate some red snow.

Day 5: Finding it harder to concentrate. I've ate some more of the red snow. The taste is starting to grow on me.

Day 6: This typewriter is the only entertainment I have, apart from throwing things at the walls, trying to get some response from the BETA which is now taking over my mind.

Day 7: Hahahahahha! Would you believe it? I'M STILL BEING REDIRECTED TO SLASHDOT BETA PAGES! AHAHhahahaah! Type, type, ding, ding! Wooo!

Day 8: The hallucinations are actually real! Would you believe it? They have offered to help me if I agree to work for them. I'm thinking about patenting this delicious red snow, the taste is unreal!

Day 9: Having black out sessions where I cannot remember large passings of time. Found some makeup, thought I'd paint a joker smile on my face to amuse the people only I can see!

Day 10: Productive today, part of what I wrote for my new screenplay:

I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slas

(drops of blood on paper)

There's a solution - at least for now (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167041)

Just look at the footer and click on the label which reads "Slashdot Classic" and you'll have the good old slashdot.

Re:There's a solution - at least for now (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167091)

http://classic.slashdot.org/ [slashdot.org] ftw

Re:There's a solution - at least for now (4, Informative)

buswolley (591500) | about a year ago | (#46167165)

for a limited time only, per the announcement.

Re:There's a solution - at least for now (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167487)

Good. I can't stand the classic theme.

Re:There's a solution - at least for now (4, Informative)

buswolley (591500) | about a year ago | (#46167537)

developer on a payroll

Re:There's a solution - at least for now (3, Informative)

Antipater (2053064) | about a year ago | (#46167235)

http://slashdot.org/?nobeta=1 [slashdot.org] also works, if it bugs out like it did for me and there isn't a sidebar or footer.

Re:There's a solution - at least for now (2)

buswolley (591500) | about a year ago | (#46167257)

classic klasik' adjective

1. judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind.

Re:There's a solution - at least for now (3, Insightful)

buswolley (591500) | about a year ago | (#46167285)

Obviously the highest quality is too good for us... the classic is now a limited time production and is scheduled to be gone in a few months.

Instead, its going to look like somenobody's blog

Re:There's a solution - at least for now (2, Informative)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year ago | (#46167851)

Let's not overstate the quality of the "classic" interface. The fact that it still barfs over unicode and HTML is unforgivable. And after you submit a message, you are left in limbo, without a button to get back to where you were. And the browser back button method results in a "are you sure you want to resubmit this form" dialog!

Lets not get misty eyed over an old interface just because it's familiar.

Re:Confessions Of an Ex-SLASHDOT BETA user (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167471)

Hell, if it means most of the crotchety old guard will leave so we don't have to filter out them posting the same tired petty squabbles, paranoid rants, and nihilistic cynicism over and over again, I'm all for it.

Oh, but what am I saying? We all know you'll talk a big game, but when the beta becomes the main site, you'll still be right where you are now, posting to Slashdot. It's almost amusingly quaint to think of it. I mean, how could you ever leave? Then you wouldn't be able to bitch and moan about how Slashdot revision X is intrinsically worse than Slashdot revision X-1. And honestly, where else would you have such a ready and receptive audience to your petty squabbles, paranoid rants, and nihilistic cynicism? You'd be laughed out of any other website larger than a junior high student's awesome new forum!

So, please, go right ahead and get it all out of your system. All the BOLD declarations about how this time is different, all the adorably cute little creepypasta journal entries, all the overblown melodramatic comments, everything. Everyone knows that come tomorrow, we'll see you here. Come tomorrow, you'll post a new "creative" hate rant about the new site. Come tomorrow, you'll ratchet up the rhetoric over and over again until, come the day AFTER tomorrow, the ratchet will break, and then the usual pro-OSS, anti-Microsoft, naively-libertarian posts will resume.

Right.

On.

Schedule.

It'll go so smoothly, so much like clockwork, so much like the last time Slashdot changed that you'll have a hard time remembering if it ever did.

Until Slashdot revision X+1 comes around. Oh, how amusing that'll be! See you then!

After all, we know you'll still be around.

Re:Confessions Of an Ex-SLASHDOT BETA user (2)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about a year ago | (#46167823)

I mean, how could you ever leave? Then you wouldn't be able to bitch and moan about how Slashdot revision X is intrinsically worse than Slashdot revision X-1. And honestly, where else would you have such a ready and receptive audience to your petty squabbles, paranoid rants, and nihilistic cynicism?

hacker news.

Re:Confessions Of an Ex-SLASHDOT BETA user (2, Funny)

spitzak (4019) | about a year ago | (#46167553)

I heard MyCleanPC [spam.com] will remove Slashdot beta!

Re:Confessions Of an Ex-SLASHDOT BETA user (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167795)

So Slashdot BETA is the number 1 (out of the top 10) reasons you didn't go to work today:
1) The voices in my head told me today was a good day to stay home and clean all of the guns.

Re:Confessions Of an Ex-SLASHDOT BETA user (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167849)

i'm serious bro, when i get the beta site i just can't read slashdot that day then i hope maybe tomorrow it will go away, when the day finally comes that the beta goes live i quit slashdot.

Yet less DRM (0)

Billly Gates (198444) | about a year ago | (#46166887)

...

Fuck BEta (5, Insightful)

buswolley (591500) | about a year ago | (#46166897)

FUCK beta a second time

Re:Fuck BEta (5, Insightful)

dmomo (256005) | about a year ago | (#46167015)

Mod up. Yep. and i'm willing to burn my excellent karma supporting this off-topic war.

Re:Fuck BEta (5, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | about a year ago | (#46167155)

As am I! Kill this abomination. You fucked up Slashdot/Dice. Admit it, kill the beast, and we can all get back to beating on ACs.

Re:Fuck BEta (5, Interesting)

atomicxblue (1077017) | about a year ago | (#46167807)

I want to know why all of these websites are moving to formats that require you to scroll endlessly. Classic /. is so much easier to read and skip over stories you aren't interested in, but with the new system, it is just so busy, it makes my eyes hurt.

Re:Fuck BEta (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167175)

Yay and it works so well, every time I go to a story it logs me out....

Re:Fuck BEta (5, Insightful)

dmomo (256005) | about a year ago | (#46167237)

And in a last ditch effort to save the classic site, all my mod points will be burnt promoting these off topic protest posts.

Re:Fuck BEta (5, Insightful)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about a year ago | (#46167391)

Mod up. Yep. and i'm willing to burn my excellent karma supporting this off-topic war.

War? On the one hand, you've got slashdot users, who know what they like. On the other side, you've got Dice employees, who have been tasked with creating something new.

Oh, does the beta display unicode properly? If not, what good is it? If it does, have they tested it on links?

Honest questions, as I've never ever seen the beta site; with javascript disabled, I even missed the previous interface update, as the non-js version hasn't changed in years....

Re:Fuck BEta (5, Insightful)

DudemanX (44606) | about a year ago | (#46167431)

Let's do this. Burn the redesign into the fucking ground!

Re:Fuck BEta (5, Insightful)

Antipater (2053064) | about a year ago | (#46167151)

Yup. Keep the Beta hate-train rolling. We do not want that shit.

Boycott (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167233)

I propose that we boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta.

Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta

Commentors - only discuss Beta

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

Re:Boycott (5, Interesting)

jddeluxe (965655) | about a year ago | (#46167421)

I'm using all my mods points on comments that TRASH Beta...

Re:Fuck BEta (5, Insightful)

T.Hobbes (101603) | about a year ago | (#46167329)

Slashdot Beta ruins the foundation of Slashdot, the discussion system.

Dice: listen to your users and abandon the project. Accept your losses and move on before your users move on to other sites.

Re:Fuck BEta (5, Insightful)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#46167389)

I'm actually quite worried now. My favourite site might die. Yeah, my favourite, because despite everything wrong I do spend a lot of time here. If the classic site ever goes away it's dead, and with the beta as default it's likely to make a lot of people leave. ACs in particular are going to get fed up pretty fast.

Don't do it Dice, don't kill Slashdot.

Re:Fuck BEta (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167527)

and a third.

Come on Slashdot. Please don't become a second digg.

And no, I won't mail you to tell you this. I used to feel 'part of' slashdot and would have mailed you with my personal mail address in the blink of an eye, but not any longer. You look to much like SEO toting PHB's now, so you'll never get my current mail address.

Re:Fuck BEta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167799)

FUCK beta a second time

My wife's name is Beta you insensitive clod and if you come anywhere near her you'll be having a very short conversation with a shotgun.

Re:Fuck BEta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167863)

Beta is a fucking HOT name for a wench

Mimic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46166899)

So what is it, really? A pirated copy? Based on Windows? OSX? Linux? Something unique?

Re:Mimic? (5, Funny)

RDW (41497) | about a year ago | (#46167123)

So what is it, really? A pirated copy? Based on Windows? OSX? Linux? Something unique?

It's about a dictatorial regime imposing a new version of its software on what it sees as a captive population of users, with a generic new user interface obviously copied from somewhere else.

Oh sorry, you meant Red Star, not Slashdot Beta! No idea. Looks like Linux.

Re:Mimic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167221)

How about the future of computing?

Ever see a government become LESS repressive since the Iron Curtain fell? What happens in DPRK is going to be the norm within 10-20 years worldwide.

Re:Mimic? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167401)

You must be confused and offtopic. Today's comments are dedicated to saying fuck BETA.

Serious question (1)

srussia (884021) | about a year ago | (#46166903)

Why does the roman alphabet kerning always look off in East Asian implementations. It's always bothered me on Japanese pages, but Korean too?

Re:Serious question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46166965)

I'm not sure what example you're looking at, but I think what you're thinking of is because asian characters are generally written twice as wide as roman characters, asian fonts have "full width" roman characters and "half width" roman characters. The kerning is designed to align the fonts to the width of an asian character, rather than to condense the characters naturally, essentially making both versions monospace.

Re:Serious question (1, Informative)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#46167061)

East Asian languages use square characters and don't have spaces between words. Furthermore there is no problem splitting words over more than one line. Kerning for Latin characters tends to stick to the square grid for consistency.

Try the Meiryo font, it looks pretty good.

Re:Serious question (1)

trytoguess (875793) | about a year ago | (#46167651)

The Korean writing system has spaces between words, though words can be split over one line. See this [wikipedia.org] korean wiki article for example.

Re:Serious question (2)

angel'o'sphere (80593) | about a year ago | (#46167809)

Asian languages use spaces since, well, not sure ... certainly at least since they saw europeans use them, but I assume much longer.
Hint: there are plenty of old japanese paintings, drawings etc. available whre you see "space" characters since roughly 1400.
So yes, they have spaces between words.

Culture (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about a year ago | (#46166913)

It's worth noting that an important part of the culture that the kims enforced on north korea is "self reliance". Everyone is taught from a very young age that you can't depend on foreigners, and that everything should be produced in country. It makes sense, even without the massive censorship, that they'd do this whereas, say, China wouldn't.

*NB this is an understanding I've mostly gained from reading the axis of evil tour, not from expertise or in-depth sociological research

Re:Culture (1)

OakDragon (885217) | about a year ago | (#46167319)

Juche [wikipedia.org] ,

Re:Culture (1)

alexander_686 (957440) | about a year ago | (#46167325)

Actually, that theory has been disproven a long time ago, see Mercantilism. The idea is that the more trade there is, the more people can specialize, the more productive, and everybody is better off. See Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations. Or any introduction book to economics.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M... [wikipedia.org]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A... [wikipedia.org]

Re:Culture (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167581)

I'm not sure who you're trying to convince here. The GP didn't suggest it was correct, just that it was the policy of NK.

Re:Culture (1)

alexander_686 (957440) | about a year ago | (#46167667)

I might be making an incorrect link between "everything should be produced in country." and "It makes sense".

But if that is true, then the second half of the sentence falls apart. China is very eager to control and censor information – in particular political information. They have been pushing their own phone OS, Linux package, favoring internal social media site over external ones. Etc. They might be a bit more rational, knowing greater freedom means economic growth, but the impulse is still there.

What would make sense for N. Korea would be to adopt some of the openness the China has. At the current trajectory I don’t know when N. Korea will end but I do know it won’t end happily.

Re:Culture (1)

tomhath (637240) | about a year ago | (#46167425)

You make is sound like Kim is an Amish name.

Re:Culture (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167555)

It's worth noting that an important part of the culture that the kims enforced on north korea is "self reliance". Everyone is taught from a very young age that you can't depend on foreigners, and that everything should be produced in country.

Which is why Red Star was written from scratch instead of just being a skin on top of an open source operating system.

Apple and North Korea share similar goals... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46166935)

Both want to control both the device and the operating system, both want to use a closed garden approach where only they can decide what software the user can install and both want the user to get all of their content from them and them alone.

I guess they share aesthetic preferences as well.

Re: Apple and North Korea share similar goals... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46166985)

Funny - this was the first thing I thought, while reading the heading, as well.

Re:Apple and North Korea share similar goals... (1)

TheloniousToady (3343045) | about a year ago | (#46167089)

Are you suggesting that Tim Cook is about to lose an uncle?...

Re:Apple and North Korea share similar goals... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167245)

He should have known better than to say anything against Mr. Cook or the latest iPhone.

Re:Apple and North Korea share similar goals... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167765)

>Apple and North Korea share similar goals...

Some at both places were into Disney???

Will some group or agency hack the NK OS so it throws up "Make solar panels and greenhouses not weapons" cartoons?

It's interesting to note how time historic context of events can be forgotten. For instance on mentioning Sputnik, most people think of the cold Cold War. But regardless of startling many and marking a period of complex relations, it was actually part of the international 1957/1958 Geophysical Year. Much of the focus related to the solar maximum. There were some significant advances made. Maybe we can find more areas of advancing science together today to help reduce international tensions. Food, energy, health and climate all offer many possibilities. Food, warmth, and Disney movies with adventuresome kids and cute animals. What more could people want? Soma??

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org]

Yawn (2, Funny)

pbjones (315127) | about a year ago | (#46166989)

Gosh, an OS that mimics another GUI? Would never happen in the 'west'?

Is the source code included? (1)

Kevin Fishburne (1296859) | about a year ago | (#46166995)

If not, Dear Leader is going to get some serious f-bombs dropped on him by Linus and Richard.

Re:Is the source code included? (1)

Pav (4298) | about a year ago | (#46167081)

I think someone suddenly got Dear Leaders attention when they mentioned "walled garden". If he'd been paying attention from the beginning he'd know it applies more to iThings, but...

Re:Is the source code included? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167815)

If not, Dear Leader is going to get some serious f-bombs dropped on him by Linus and Richard.

Dear Leader's a-bombs trump Linus and Richard's f-bombs.

OS != GUI (1, Insightful)

Gothmolly (148874) | about a year ago | (#46167025)

Looks like someone confused an OS with a WindowManager again.

\kids these days

Re:OS != GUI (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167223)

Looks like someone didn't bother to read that it's running a *NIX under that MockMac UI as well.

It's an OSX imitation all the way down.

Re:OS != GUI (2)

Guy Harris (3803) | about a year ago | (#46167281)

Looks like someone confused an OS with a WindowManager again.

Looks like someone confused a desktop environment with a window manager again.

Dates (0, Offtopic)

mothlos (832302) | about a year ago | (#46167031)

its calendar tells users it is not 2014, but 103

So what? Is this supposed to be some menacing thing that one group of people use a different date system than I do? Should I be concerned that in Japan the state writes Heisei 26 as the year on official documents? There are serious problems in North Korea, but we don't need to stoop to xenophobic fear mongering to illustrate it.

Re:Dates (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167229)

I think it's funny how they mock the N. Korean government for presenting Kim Il Sung as a god and yet they are all too happy with their year 2014 that pushes some ordinary human being, who may not have even existed, as a god. It's exactly the same thing.

Re:Dates (2)

Guy Harris (3803) | about a year ago | (#46167297)

I think it's funny how they mock the N. Korean government for presenting Kim Il Sung as a god and yet they are all too happy with their year 2014 that pushes some ordinary human being, who may not have even existed

...and who, if he did exist, was born a few more than 2,014 years ago in any case. :-)

Re:Dates (4, Insightful)

buswolley (591500) | about a year ago | (#46167399)

#3803. You've been at slashdot for more than a while. What is your view of beta Slashdot?

Re:Dates (2)

Guy Harris (3803) | about a year ago | (#46167601)

#3803. You've been at slashdot for more than a while. What is your view of beta Slashdot?

From what I've read here, my view is "I'd like to avoid it if at all possible". If I can temporarily try it, and revert (and complain) if it really sucks, I might try it just to make sure they haven't "improved" it as much as, say, nbcnews.com has "improved" recently.

Re:Dates (4, Insightful)

Guy Harris (3803) | about a year ago | (#46167641)

#3803. You've been at slashdot for more than a while. What is your view of beta Slashdot?

From what I've read here, my view is "I'd like to avoid it if at all possible". If I can temporarily try it, and revert (and complain) if it really sucks, I might try it just to make sure they haven't "improved" it as much as, say, nbcnews.com has "improved" recently.

Tried it. It hasn't "improved" quite to the the extent of nbcnews.com, but it's definitely an "improvement" in that sense. (More shiny, less useful; too many big pictures. I'm waiting for headlines like "15 ways to improve your .Net skills" or "5 weird ways LISP can simplify your code" or....)

Re:Dates (2)

buswolley (591500) | about a year ago | (#46167687)

THANK YOU.

Re:Dates (2)

OakDragon (885217) | about a year ago | (#46167349)

I scanned through both FAs, but I fail to see "xenophobic fear" or mocking regarding the DPRK's year 103. What are you guys talking about?

Re:Dates (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167327)

Proleptic Gregorian calendar using POSIX seconds (precisely 86400 seconds per sidereal day, no exceptions), or die!

To use anything else just makes you a trouble maker.

Re:Dates (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167375)

I meant solar time, not sidereal time.

Re: Year 103 (1)

cant_get_a_good_nick (172131) | about a year ago | (#46167367)

1) Not sure why you're that worried about it, it seems to be to be just a comment, like one odd thing that they saw.

2) Mild irony, for Taiwan it is also year 103. Go to any Post office, official office, or even read an expiration date on an item you just bought. Why 103? Sun-Yat-Sen [wikipedia.org] and Chinese Democracy. Yes, Chinese democracy wasn't just a bad Guns and Roses album, but a real thing, at least until outside forces messed with it. And like you had year 10 of the Qing Dynasty here, now you have year 103 of the era of democracy. So, they at least are honoring the democratic era of mainland China.

Re: Dates (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167777)

I agree with your point about fear mongering, but I took that fact more as something of i

Home grown? (2, Interesting)

wjcofkc (964165) | about a year ago | (#46167045)

Home grown Linux distro maybe. It looks more like they slightly altered elementary OS or Pear OS, applied an OS X theme and replaced the standard dock with cairo-dock. I would be surprised if they had the resources to write an entire OS from scratch.

Re:Home grown? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167149)

Hah, Glorious Leader is such a whiz with computers that the writing of an OS is simply a matter of declaring his will and it be done.

Fear not, for his benevolence has made the OS the perfect one. You are satisfied with it, and have no errors to report.

Re:Home grown? (1)

nbauman (624611) | about a year ago | (#46167439)

Also if you don't get it done by deadline you get shot and turned into dog food.

Maybe Obama could take some lessons from GL.

Also when you go to N Korea don't eat the dog food.

Re:Home grown? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167547)

why is that.

all they need are computers, people and time, something they have enough of.

the real question is, who exactly is using red star linux, and really, why should any of us care about an otherwise non-descript distro?

you7 FEAIL it (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167077)

do, andD with any to this. For

Slashdot morphing into Kuro5hin? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167129)

imo soon /. with their beta design, will create a mass exodus of users and the end game is a ghost town like Kuro5hin, if any of you remember it.

Oh boy... (-1, Troll)

Savage-Rabbit (308260) | about a year ago | (#46167137)

The fandroids are going to have a field day with this one.

Alternative calendars (2)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#46167143)

North Korea is hardly unique in using alternative calendars. Japan uses dates based on the emperor's reign. You can set windows to use it.

Re:Alternative calendars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167771)

North Korea is hardly unique in using alternative calendars. Japan uses dates based on the emperor's reign. You can set windows to use it.

One day the US will do that too...

Naming the OS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167159)

Where are the best surfing spots in North Korea?

Made available since... (4, Funny)

dohzer (867770) | about a year ago | (#46167253)

I'm pretty sure the OS was made public back in 99, not 2010 as has been misreported by this article.

Re:Made available since... (1)

PRMan (959735) | about a year ago | (#46167797)

C'mon mods. This is hilarious. Mod this up.

Fuck you, slashdot (5, Insightful)

LookIntoTheFuture (3480731) | about a year ago | (#46167301)

Fuck you, slashdot, for taking away classic.

Re:Fuck you, slashdot (5, Informative)

buswolley (591500) | about a year ago | (#46167363)

Fuck it a second time for more mod points!

Re:Fuck you, slashdot (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167405)

For now, the Classic site is still available through the footer.

Re:Fuck you, slashdot (4, Informative)

buswolley (591500) | about a year ago | (#46167445)

for now.

KDE? (1)

e.colli (630500) | about a year ago | (#46167315)

For me, it looks like an old KDE skin.

Re:KDE? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167545)

yes it's KDE3 with firefox as a browser and an OSX overlay

From the "never used linux" dept. (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year ago | (#46167317)

A distro that uses gnome + cairo dock or similar as primary desktop is now mimicking OS X as something new and world-shaking? In the login you probably could choose to boot a desktop that mimic Windows 7, Solaris CDE, OLPCs Sugar, or KDE (whatever it mimics). And that happens in most other linux distributions too, the horror!

Re:From the "never used linux" dept. (1)

buswolley (591500) | about a year ago | (#46167377)

You've been here since forever #3436.

What is your opinion of beta?

four percent is not "many" (1)

SuperBanana (662181) | about a year ago | (#46167475)

"Despite living in a country very much shut off from the outside world, many people in North Korea do have access to technology - including mobile phones."

I keep seeing this claim, that "many" people have cell phones. This is a country where 10% of the population have a landline. North Korea claims they have 1 million cell phone subscribers, but really, do you believe that?

Even if it were true, that's about four percent of the population, which does not fit any dictionary definition of "many" I have ever seen.

Can anybody identify exactly what it is? (1)

spitzak (4019) | about a year ago | (#46167617)

Surely this is based on some Linux simulation of OS/X, can anybody identify it?

I find it hard to believe NK took KDE and modified it themselves to look like OS/X, rather than basing it on work already done.

Weird (1)

0123456 (636235) | about a year ago | (#46167731)

"Previously, it had closely resembled Microsoft Windows, but a new update now strongly mimics Apple's OS X."

Sounds like it was written by the Gnome developers.

Awful beta (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167733)

Why change for the sake of change? Why are site visitors to be forced into something awful and unwanted? The new beta is awful. There is no other way to put it. If I am forced into the beta I will simply leave - forever.

every OS mimics OSX (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46167757)

from ubuntu to every other feces of the month linux distro

Fuck the beta (5, Interesting)

umafuckit (2980809) | about a year ago | (#46167803)

I visited it today for the first time in ages. Still sucks. Masses of wasted screen space. Surely it's possible to create a portal that converts the beta to the classic style?
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