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Notes about running Red Star 3.0 Desktop, a North Korean linux distro. Word has it that it's used along with Windows in North Korea. Trying it out on KVM.

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  • RedStar3 is a Fedora spin, with 2.6.32 kernel. So most KVM virt-* drivers work.
  • architecture is 32bit
  • I did choose DHCP when asked for network settings, and run a dhcpd in a different VM
  • after installation, no login manager did successfully come up for me (manual start works). A character in my login name might be the issue, according to the error.


  • security: root login disabled, selinux is active, the firewall is blocking incoming ICMP replies
  • The configured startpage in firefox is not using DNS but trying to access an IP from a private network range:
  • some package versions:
    • kernel-
    • xorg-x11-server-Xorg-1.11.1-1.rs3.0
    • firefox-3.5-2.5.rs3.0
  • The window manager is KDE 3.5 with a MacosX like theme
  • The distro is build at the “Osandok Information Center”
  • Some packages refer to “upstream” locations which are only resolved by North Korea DNS servers, i.e. (ns[1,2} seem to be authoritive for TLD kp., but are unreachable currently)
  • Japanese input is possible, ibus-1.3.6 and anthy are used
  • /etc/redhat-release: 《붉은별》사용자용체계 3.0판
  • The firefox from RedStar3 uses this id:
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; ko-KP; rv:1.9.1b4) Gecko/20130508 Fedora/1.9.1-2.5.rs3.0 NaenaraBrowser/3.5b4
  • buildtime:
$ cat /etc/buildtime
[Build Info]
Time=2013년 6월 3일 월요일 21:42:32
InstallTime=2014. 12. 31. (수) 22:58:11 KST
  • some processes/packages without directly seeing the purpose:
    • process /usr/bin/opprc, package esig-cb, description “electronic signature system”, url
    • process /usr/sbin/chkutild, package redstar-utils, description “contain utilities for RedStar Distribution”

first steps

  • The firewall is blocking incoming ICMP replies, “iptables -P INPUT ACCEPT” changes this
  • For me, automatic startup of X fails. Manual “startx” works.
  • After installation, root has no password set and is locked. The following allows remote logins as root via ssh:
# I use guestfish to modify the
guestfish -i -a /var/lib/libvirt/images/vm1.qcow2
><fs> edit /etc/grub.conf
kernel /boot/vmlinuz- ro root=[..] console=tty0 console=ttyS0,19200n8
><fs> exit

# start system, login via serial console
passwd root
usermod -s /bin/bash root
chkconfig sshd on

# now login as root via ssh or serial is possible, X can be started
software/red_star_3.0.txt · Last modified: 2022/01/13 12:37 by chris