June 03, 2014, 9:42 AM — North Korea has had its own version of Linux for quite a while. Red Star OS seems to be the name for it though I'm not sure if that's what the North Koreans actually call it. Version 3.0 of North Korea's version of Linux is apparently now available, and David Hyrule has a tour of it on his blog.
According to David Hyrule:
So, Version 3.0 of North Korea’s own Redstar Linux distribution got uploaded to thepiratebay (and posted on Reddit) today so I decided to a take a look at the Linux experience inside the Glorious Leader’s paradise.
Image credit: David Hyrule
I did a full review of an earlier version of North Korea Linux on Desktop Linux Reviews a while back. There are some interesting and scary videos in the review of what life is like inside of North Korea. I'll certainly take a pass on running North Korea Linux as my primary distro, but I'm sure it will appeal to somebody out there.
You might want to also check out the Reddit thread about version 3.0 of North Korea Linux to see some of the reactions from Linux users about this oddball distro. While I doubt there will be many converts to it, it certainly generated a lot of buzz.
Apple adds DuckDuckGo to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite
There was quite a bit of news at Apple's WWDC keynote yesterday. A small but important item has almost been completely overlooked in all the media coverage. Apple has finally added DuckDuckGo to the list of search engines available in Safari in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.
According to Apple:
Safari now gives you more control over your privacy on the web. You can open one Safari window in Private Browsing mode — which doesn’t save your browsing history — while keeping others in regular browsing mode. So while you do your online banking privately in one window, your browsing history is still being saved while you surf in another. You can also now search the web using DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn’t track you.
Image credit: Apple
This is great news for Mac and iOS users, they will finally have the option of choosing a default search engine in Safari that doesn't track or filter bubble them. It's also good news for the folks at DuckDuckGo since millions of people who might not have heard of the site now have it as a search engine option in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.
You don't have to wait for iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite to use DuckDuckGo though. There's a free iOS app called DuckDuckGo Search and Stories, and there's a Safari extension for the Mac (just click the "Install our official Safari extension link").
Apple CEO Tim Cook goes after Android
Speaking of Apple, the CEO of the company shared some thoughts about Android and malware yesterday.
According to The Register:
"And if you look at a broader group, over a third of their customers are running a version of Android from four years ago," he claimed. "That's like ancient history."
Those customers don't benefit from new features, aren't able to run the latest apps, and don't get security updates, he said. "This is particularly important for Android, which dominates the mobile malware market," Cook suggested.
Ouch! Well, it's hard to disagree about Android's malware and update problems. But Tim Cook forgot to mention Google's Android Silver program, which might help with some of the problems Cook mentioned by forcing manufacturers to adhere to certain guidelines from Google.
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