Update 12/30/2014: Once again, the mysterious slipstream has provided us a gem: Red Star OS 3.0 Desktop! Here are the release notes (apologies for messing up the ascii art formatting):
/\ _________________ ________/ \____________ ______________ | | _____ |slip| |\ / | |__| __ | | | ____| |___| |____| | \ /| __| ___| | ____| | | | _____| ____ | / \|__ | |__| /\ | | | | | | /___/ |/__ _\ | | \/ | | |___| |________|________| \ / |______|_____|_/\_|___| \/ Red Star OS 3.0 Desktop *retail* ```````````````````````````````` I gave you server, now here's desktop! Welcome, one and all, to best korea's Linux distro, version 3.0. Otherwise known as, "the one to prease the fappletards".Unlike server, this one doesn't need a serial, just mount in your VM and go boot from it :Dacf53d2b50ecb1391044b343502becf5 redstar_desktop3.0_sign.iso 3eb7ca51105614f3716ceb7dad0ceda9ba0f906a redstar_desktop3.0_sign.iso 895ad0e01ae0d35a65e9ac42dd34d0a1d685d6dfa331ce5b4f24bbc753439be3 redstar_desktop3.0_sign.isoTo use this, I guess you better praise juche ideals and post sincere comments about how much you love DPRK to /r/pyongyang. But don't ask about The Interview.. I've heard its a touchy subject there... ;)Wanna ~~cyber~~ discuss this, and maybe just maybe shower me with praise? http://widget00.mibbit.com/?server=irc.ringoflightning.net&channel=%23ris&settings=fd3d000db0cd81335322e2449af35662&noServerNotices=trueor: irc.ringoflightning.net #RISOr perhaps you'd like to shower me with dogecoins? DRFLRDccwLbdzgGPPADMDxZBXQxn5We3sb~ slipstream / raylee - "pulling data out of DPRK's ass since 2014!"
I will write more about this later — a couple of key notes is that networking does not seem to work by default, su/sudo are not present… you probably don’t want this to be your daily driver anyways.
Martyn Williams of northkoreatech.org provides a brief illustrated guide to installation: http://www.northkoreatech.org/2014/12/30/red-star-3-0-desktop-the-install/
If you don’t want to download via torrent linked in slipstream’s readme, I have the local files here:
Update 6/6/2014: PirateBay user slipstream (commenting below, thank you sir!) has somehow come across a copy of Red Star OS 3.0 Server. You can torrent the release here: Red Star OS 3.0 Server (DPRK Linux Distro)
I have also mirrored the contents of the torrent on this site, feel free to download here: Red Star OS 3.0 Server
I have set this up in VirtualBox and poked around with this a little. This is server software and virtually all of the command prompts are in Korean. If you’ve installed a linux distro before, then the steps are fairly straightforward: Choose a password (it’s a little picky, so use a good one), hard disk partitioning, then choosing which applications you want installed, and an option graphical user interface. Sadly, it does not come with the same wallpaper collection from Red Star 3.0. Will update this space soon with more detail.
slipstream offers some startup notes in the readme.txt:
/ _________________ ________/ ____________ ______________ | | _____ |slip| | / | |__| __ | | | ____| |___| |____| | /| __| ___| | ____| | | | _____| ____ | / |__ | |__| / | | | | | | /___/ |/__ _ | | / | | |___| |________|________| / |______|_____|_/_|___| / Red Star OS 3.0 Server x86 *cracked* ```````````````````````````````````` Sure, there's probably an easier way but i'm lazy and can't be bothered to recreate the iso in a linux vm. So.. you need to burn boot.iso and rss3_32_key_gui_20131212.iso Insert the boot cd (or mount it in your VM) and boot from it, when you get to the blue install screen swap media to rss3_32_key_gui_20131212 This first screen asks for a serial, but it accepts any serial (even a blank one) if you boot from boot.iso, which has 12 bytes nopped out in /sbin/loader of initrd. It'd be appreciated if some reverser more skilled than me can take a look at the serial algorithm and code a keygen. I believe the algo is located at 0x806A820. Don't ask me how I got this. Also don't ask me why the redstar guys added serial protection since redstar 2.x. There exists an x64 version of this, but I don't have that, just the x86 version. I also do not have the desktop version, just the server version, but since this is the first ever leak of Red Star OS Server, and the first ever leak of redstar 3.0, why aren't you thanking me already?! Enjoy! ~ slipstream PS: umad DPRK? If you like this, tip me dogecoins! DSLipVHJVRbMJCtdZXmo2ntKz6xRXMWvtY
Red Star 2.0 is still available below.
Red Star Linux Operating System: Like to live dangerously? Why not download and run North Korea’s homebrew Linux distribution on your main computer? This distro is split into two .ISO files, and I am assuming you know what to do with them if you’re endeavouring to download them. The first disc is bootable, and allows you to install the North Korean OS, whereas the second disc is supplementary software.
1) I don’t support you running this for anything other than curiousity purposes. This Korea Herald article specifically states that the OS was designed to monitor and report on web usage. I doubt running this outside the country will be able to report anything back to the reclusive state, but out of an abundance of caution, you may want to run this with the network unplugged.
2) This is entirely in Korean! You won’t get an option to choose your language.
That being said, it’s a perfectly usable OS with decent driver support. It’s a couple of years out of date, but otherwise comes equipped with an Office suite, Firefox, games and other goodies. It’s quite useful right out of the box! Software installation is RPM based, and those at home on Red Hat Linux distros should be relatively comfortable here. I’d really like to dig further into its internals, but the language barrier is holding me back. A good fellow at the Desktop Linux Reviews website has an indepth review, if you’re interested.
These downloads are big, so out of respect for my otherwise very affordable hosting company, please download one file at a time. This site isn’t really that busy traffic-wise, but if Bluehost asks me to take the files down because they’re getting hammered, I will. So without further a-do…