Bootstrap post-collapse technology
Winter is coming and Collapse OS aims to soften the blow. It is a Forth (why Forth?) operating system and a collection of tools and documentation with a single purpose: preserve the ability to program microcontrollers through civilizational collapse. It is designed to:
Additionally, the goal of this project is to be as self-contained as possible. With a copy of this project, a capable and creative person should be able to manage to build and install Collapse OS without external resources (i.e. internet) on a machine of her design, built from scavenged parts with low-tech tools.
The Collapse OS project is completed! It can be downloaded here. Highlights:
Collapse OS can be downloaded here.
Documentation is in text files in "doc/". Begin with "intro.txt". Alternatively, James Stanley hosts an online Collapse OS documentation browser.
Collapse OS can run on any POSIX platform and builds easily. See "/cvm/README" for instructions.
You are inspired by Collapse OS and would like to fund its development? I don't do any kind of crowdfunding, but if you happen to be a rich philanthropist, maybe we can do something.
The best place to discuss the project is on its private mailing list.
Collapse OS was previously hosted on Github and it has a few interesting discussions in its issues.
A lot of questions that you might have may already have been anwered in a big discussion about it occurred on Reddit. I've answered many questions there.
There was also a nice conversation on Hacker News about Collapse OS (and then another one and another one), but I didn't participate because I don't have a HN account. Also, this community doesn't seem collapse-aware (although they did seem to warm up to the idea lately) so the idea of participation into this discussion seemed tedious to me. But the user "yellowapple" did a good job of answering many questions in a way that is similar to what I would have.
Here is a list of related efforts that I find noteworthy: