When it comes to such a popular topic in the mass consciousness as survival after a global catastrophe, many agree that those who will be able to adapt the numerous remnants of electronics for new purposes will receive a huge advantage. Internet, social media and video streaming will be a thing of the past, but the ability to disassemble the scooter and reprogram the microcontrollers from its boards will be extremely useful. With this in mind, programmer Virgil Dupras began the development of a special post-apocalyptic operating system, Collapse OS.
Dupras launched a project on GitHub to attract other enthusiasts. Collapse OS is conceived as an open source system for free and fast distribution, for which it has a self-copying function. It can run on any platforms, including homemade ones, use any data input / output interfaces, and has minimum performance requirements. It is not a universal OS for a workplace, like Windows, it is an OS for studying and reprogramming various electronic devices in a convenient way, so its functionality is limited and rather simple.
Dupras relies on microcontrollers, which are widely used in modern technology, and 8-bit Z80 chips. It is almost never used in new computers, but there are many such chips in household appliances, cash registers, music systems and various old equipment. For example, Dupras himself uses an RC2014 home computer, while his colleagues are trying to run Collapse OS on a Sega Genesis console. In the future, the remaining chips can be reprogrammed to create new modifications of computers - for the specifics of Collapse OS.
Virgil Dupras has set a deadline for himself in 2030 - by which time he will have time to finish Collapse OS, even if he works alone. Of course, the disaster can come sooner, so he could use the help in creating the OS to speed up the process. Virgil invites all enthusiasts to participate in the development of the new operating system.