North Korea's homegrown operating system seems familiar

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 12, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) inspecting the command of Korean People's Army (KPA) Unit 534.

Have you heard of the new computer operating system Red Star? No? Well you've probably seen it. Sort of. Red Star OS is the new Home-Grown operating system in North Korea.

And like some of the other tech built in that has a familiar vibe.

David Lee, a technology reporter for the BBC, says North Korean engineers have opted for a new kind of imitation.

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