Collapse OS – The Post-Apocalyptic Operating System That Works on a Calculator

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Have you got your apocalypse plan sorted? Whether you’ve got a bunker full of supplies for a year or you’re banking on the ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’ mantra, one enterprising developer has developed an operating system that’ll work on the most basic microprocessors.

Virgil Dupras, is the developer behind Collapse OS – the operating system specifically built for a post-apocalyptic world. It is designed to be run on Z80 8-bit microprocessors, commonly found on older and basic electronics, such as desktop computers, cash registers, graphing calculators and musical instruments.

So why not use more modern, powerful, microprocessors? Dupras explained that prevalence of Z80 8-bit processors made them an easy find for scavengers in a post-apocalyptic world.

He believes that there will be a collapse of the supply chain, signalling the end to a world of mass-produced electronics (amongst other items). This, in turn, will lead to a rise of the world of scavengers, where those with the skills and ingenuity to invent tools from scrap and rubbish will prosper.

The operating system is still in development, with Dupras and others working towards the core goals. These are:

  • It must be able to run on minimal and improvised machines
  • Interface through improvised input devices (keyboards, mice and displays)
  • Edit text files
  • Compile assembler source files for a wide range of MCUs and CPUs
  • Read and write from a range of storage devices
  • Replicate itself

These basic operations will allow users to access useful information, run basic operations on machinery and much more – the potential for such as basic piece of equipment is huge.

So – will you be using Collapse OS by 2035, as Dupras predicts? Or do you think the chances of an apocalypse of that scale are slim? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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