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 project lives in Sourcehut and is progressing well! Highlights:
Documentation is in text files in "doc/". Begin with "intro.txt".
Collapse OS can run on any POSIX platform and builds easily. Clone it, then see "/cvm/README.md" for instructions.
The best place to discuss the project is on its mailing list.
I also stick around on IRC (#collapseos on freenode).
Collapse OS was previously hosted on Github and it has a few very interesting issues in it. Don't hesitate, if it hasn't been already, to start a new thread in the mailing list to continue a discussion from one of those issues.
There is also r/collapseos on Reddit, but be aware that I'm not in there. I've been a heavy redditor for nearly 10 years, but I've stopped.
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, but I didn't participate because I don't have a HN account. Also, this community doesn't seem collapse-aware 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.