What is Collapse OS?
A software developer has built an operating system for the post-apocalyptic World
Most of us are familiar with the word operating system (OS). For the ones who are not, the operating system is the software that runs on your digital devices like computers or handheld devices and smartphones, etc. The two most well known Operating systems are Windows for computers and iOS for Apple’s smartphones. The operating system provides the base layer functioning of any machine with all other applications running on top.
While it is debatable how much humans are doing to prevent an apocalyptic event, especially when it comes down to a Climate change disaster, the majority is certain that one is going to hit us sooner or later. Humanity is not taking any chances — if the World does end & considering we are not smashed into oblivion by a giant asteroid, gamma-ray burst or a rogue planet, whosoever survives will have something to fall back on.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV) or more popularly known as the “doomsday vault” on the Arctic boundaries of Norway is one of the biggest initiatives, which contains 1108526 seed samples from 6007 species at the time of writing. Next to this doomsday vault is an abandoned coal mine which is protecting a different kind of resource — all of Github’s open-source code!
But what good will this source code be for if it can’t be run? Perhaps the post-apocalyptic operating system Collapse OS may come in handy. The software developer Virgil Dupras has built an open-source operating system with the dark days of civilization in mind. The OS can be run on parts salvaged in a post-apocalyptic world. For now, the creator has hosted the project on Github & looking for other developers to collaborate.
“[Collapse OS must] run on minimal and improvised machines, interface through improvised [keyboards, displays, and mice], edit text files, compile assembler source files for a wide range of MCUs and CPUS, read and write from a wide range of storage devices, and replicate itself.” ~ Dupras
Dupras believes a future world where a societal breakdown occurs by 2030, people who are able to scavenge electronics and reprogram them will have a huge edge over those who can’t. He envisions the tech-savvy people of the post-apocalyptic world will be able to retrieve & program microcontrollers, which are embedded in different digital devices.
Collapse OS is designed to work with Z80 8-bit microprocessors. Although these are outdated among the more commonly used 16- and 32-bit components today, they can still be found in older machines, cash registers, musical instruments, graphing calculators, and everything in between. Dupras suggests he chose Z80 because of its mass production, widespread use & availability.
The operating system can currently run on a Z80-based computer called the RC2014. As clarified by Dupras, it can theoretically run on a Sega Genesis gaming console as well. For now, he feels confident that he can finish it himself but he would welcome collaboration. However, he is looking for a specific set of skills — people who believe in societal collapse & experience with electronics and z80 assembly. Is anybody interested?