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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.

redstar3_1 redstar3_2

slipstream offers some startup notes in the readme.txt:

/
_________________    ________/  ____________  ______________
|       | _____ |slip|   |       /      |  |__| __ |       |
|   ____| |___| |____|   |      /|    __|  ___|    |   ____|
|   |  |   _____|  ____  | /     |__    |  |__| / |   |
|   |  |        | /___/  |/__    _      |     | / |   |
|___|  |________|________|     / |______|_____|_/_|___|
                              /

Red Star OS 3.0 Server x86 *cracked*
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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.

Caveats:
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…

Red Star Linux Disc 1 (.iso) – Bootable installation disc, all you need if you’re just playing. (720mb)
Red Star Linux Disc 2 (.iso) – Additional supplementary software. (700mb)

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  1. Tim

    Thanks

  2. Nick

    How interesting — thanks so much for hosting the OS images. I look forward to playing around with the software, to explore what reporting goes on as it is running.

  3. Mitsuyuki Hiyoshi

    Thank you very much.

  4. Inseri

    I tested it on an IBM R52 Laptop and the first thing I will say will be this OS work quite fine. The OS boot quite quickly (about 30 sec on a old ATA drive and on a 8-year-old computer), it comes whit a text editor suite named “Uri” (it seems to be an Open Office fork), a web browser( a fork of Firefox named Naenara), a firewall (the famous Pyongyang Fortress)(it seems it this one that monitoring the system (at least, it record all your connections on the machine, with Internet or not)), an antivirus (I don’t know why there is an antivirus on a Linux Distro but this one is efficient [more than some Windows antiviruses]), a multimedia program (it is good, it read all the files I wanted (MP3, some *.avi and other formats), a “Wine” program (not very efficient this one, Paint shop Pro 5 (this is a very old image editor)don’t run and a lot of programs need windows .NET extension or at least win xp SP2), CD/DVD burner program (not tested). Except for the names of some programs and the naenara website at the default page of the browser, there are not too many propaganda inside the system (just some “idealized” scenery of DPRK).

    However, it is impossible to update the system (maybe the update servers are only available in DPRK or they are simply down)

  5. Animedude5555

    I found the Korean flash games are now all broken links. If someone here managed to download the SWF files for the flash games on their site, please send them to me at animedude5555@gmail.com

    Thanks in advance.

  6. greg rhame

    no if you really want to live dangerously, then you use windows.

  7. Plan B price

    Article writing is also a excitement, if you be acquainted with after
    that you can write or else it is complicated to write.

  8. simon

    I think I will run this through a virtual pc onto a proxy address based in north korea. Then have it searching how to take them out, and try to bind the ip onto one in use by a government department.

  9. simon

    Also I will setup a mirror link to my servers after putting the ISOS on it so it don’t kill your server.

  10. Someone

    Any ideas on when your going to upload the version 3.0 of Red Star OS?

    1. ReasonableMan

      I would gladly host if I had access to the ISOs. The recent press around 3.0 seems to center around a foreign PUST professor purchasing the software and bringing it home… no hint that there’s a copy of the ISOs floating around in the wild. I’ll certainly update this page if I track them down!

  11. Agung Suhendro

    2.0 version ????? I want 3.0 Version !!!
    I have 2.0 version !! And now i want 3.0 version !!!!

  12. Slayer

    so, does anyone have a DL link to the latest version? (3.0, i think) or has that not found its way to the internet yet?

  13. slipstream

    If anyone wants some form of Red Star OS 3.0…

    here’s Red Star 3.0 Server.. :)

    http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/10280206

  14. doop

    I got the boot iso running in VB. i’ve got the supplementary iso but am wary of running it before having an idea of whats on it. does op or any of the commenters have an idea of what kind of software it contains?

  15. Steven Tingàte

    when i try and input a key that it asks for when i run the installer, it gives me an error, anybody know a key that works ?

    1. Reasonable Man

      Sorry for the late response. You can enter in any value for the key and it should accept it.

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