Red Star OS
Red Star OS is a Fedora-based Linux distribution which is very popular in North Korea.
Installing Red Star OS 3.0[edit | edit source]
Installing Red Star OS is easy and strait-forward. Just download the ISO and burn it to a DVD or place it on a USB stick and boot. A user-friendly installer will suggest the primary drive as installation drive. From there it's just a matter of clicking next and choosing username, password and timezone.
Features and usability[edit | edit source]
Red Star Linux 3.0 comes with a pair of very secure kernel modules which are untouchable by user-space. The
root user is unable to unload them or modify their operation. This provides high security for custom OS operations. These modules provide some very beneficial features to the user:
All files opened are tagged with a UUID which identifies the computer is opened on. New UUIDs are appended to already tagged files. This way each file gets a complete history of all the machines who's touched them. This is highly useful in many ways. Torturing you to make you reveal co-conspirators is not required if you are arrested for distributing imperialist propaganda; their identifies are embedded in your files.
This is not the only benefit of having secure kernel modules outside of your control running. Red Star OS has a very advanced anti-virus scanner which will identify documents and images containing imperialist propaganda and automatically remove the files and sign you up for re-education. There are some tools available that can be used to disable these features
Desktop environments[edit | edit source]
Red Star OS version 3 uses a highly customized version of KDE 3.5. It comes with a custom version of the Firefox web browser as well as all other software you need. You do not need other software than what is included.
The desktop looks very much like Mac OS X and they've done a good job at cloning it. The default language is Korean. It is possible to change it to English but it takes some work.
Conclusion[edit | edit source]
Red Star OS 3.0 is a great distribution which will keep you loyal to the glorious supreme leader and the country's belief system. You never have to worry about being exposed to imperialist propaganda, the OS will automatically delete all instances of imperialist propaganda and report you and those who gave it to you so you don't have to do that yourself. It's efficient and time-saving. This distribution is highly recommended. The only draw-back is the very old software; The customized versions of KDE and Firefox included in Red Star OS 3.0 are very old and outdated.
There is a version 4.0 of Red Star but it is, so far, only available in North Korea.
Red Star OS 4.0[edit | edit source]
The Pyongyang Times - a state-owned North Korean newspaper with editions in English and French - reported that Red Star OS 4.0 is released in January 2019.
"Red Star 4.0 server opating system has recently been developed. The developers established Red Star in accordance with the liking and emotion of Koreans and has improved the OS by making the most of the fertile features, performances and security elements of Linux."
The Pyongyang Times in January, 2019
We would love to get our hands on a copy.
Download[edit | edit source]
- Red Star 3.0: north-korea-red-star-installer.torrent
Notes[edit | edit source]
- KDE NeonKDE Neon is a GNU/Linux operating system made by the free software project KDE which showcases the latest KDE Plasma desktop technology. It is fundamentally the latest Ubuntu Long-Term Support release with rapidly updated Qt and KDE repositories on top. The OS is available in 4 different variant: The "User" edition, the "Testing" edition and the "Unstable" edition and the "Developer Edition" which is the "Unstable" edition with development libraries pre-installed. It can be used directly from a live-USB or installed using a friendly installer.
- Manjaro LinuxManjaro Linux is a community-made Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. It comes in four flavors, there are Xfce, KDE and GNOME desktop editions and an Architect option for more advanced users. It aims to have all the advantages of a bleeding edge rolling-release distribution like Arch while not being stable and user-friendly and quite so over-the-top bleeding edge as Arch.