See What It's Like To Use A Computer In North Korea
Steven TweedieJan 2, 2015, 22:33 IST
Flickr/Uri ToursA North Korean student uses a computer at Kim Il Sung University.When ex-Google employee Will Scott had the chance to visit the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, he also purchased a copy of North Korea's own "Red Star 3" operating system before returning to America.
Little was publically known about Red Star 3.
North Korea used to use Windows, but it's since created Red Star 3, which is designed to look a lot like Apple's Mac OS X operating system.
From stunning and picturesque wallpapers to built-in warnings like "Think before you type," here's what it's like to use a computer in North Korea.
This is the start-up screen when you first boot up Red Star 3.
When installing Red Star 3, you're prompted to select a city for your time zone. Interestingly enough, Seoul, South Korea isn't an option.
This is the log-in screen.
You're in! You'll notice Red Star 3 looks a lot like Mac OSX. Past versions looked more like Windows XP. Since Kim Jong-un was spotted using an iMac at his desk back in 2013, some people believe he wanted Red Star to look more like a Mac.
This is the word processor for creating documents.
Here's the email client.
To access your saved documents, you use Red Star's file manager, which looks a lot like Apple's "Finder" management system.
Red Star's web browser is called "Naenara," and is heavily modified version of Mozilla Firefox.
This is Red Star's terminal, where you can input code. Notice the built-in warning "Think before you type."
This is how you personalize Red Star, and we also have access to the wallpapers that are included.
This wallpaper is titled ?????????????? ??????, or "snow at the baksol outpost."
This wallpaper's name translates to "Night view of Zhuangzi River fire."
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This beautiful wallpaper translates to "Iron's Azalea," and shows the flowering Azalea shrubs.
"On the horizon" shows a picturesque North Korean farmland.
This gorgeous waterfall wallpaper is called "Echo echo of the falls."
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This is "Mt Paekdu's Sunrise." Paekdu is an active volcano that borders North Korea and China.