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Red Star Operating System is North Korea’s homegrown computer operating system that mirrors its political one. The latest version (circa 2013) is based on a version of Linux called Fedora and has the feel of Apple’s OSX.


1. What are the two major challenges the article said that Pyongyang faces? From an international business perspective, what challenges does this OS pose?
2. What other countries either have their own operating system or have tried to build their own operating system?
3. From an internal control point of view, what are the advantages of Red Star? What are the disadvantages of Red Star?

Wagstaff. J. and J. Pearson. (2015). Paranoid: North Korea’s computer operating system mirrors its political one., Dec. 27 (Retrievable online at

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