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s known, was made public by a Russian blogger studying in North Korea, who bought the program off the street.
Further analysis by a government institute in neighbouring South Korea said the operating system is aimed at monitoring user activity.
The operating system represents the determination of North Korea to advance its own computer technology, based on its "Juche" self-reliance philosophy.
The Red Star operating system uses a popular Korean folk song as its start-up music and numbers years using a calendar which starts counting from the birth of state founder Kim Il-sung, making 2010 the 99th year.
It is Linux-based but is heavily influenced by Microsoft with versions of the software giant's Office programmes, including several familiar games.