Bootstrap post-collapse technology
Collapse OS is a Forth operating system and a collection of tools and documentation with a single purpose: preserve the ability to program micro- controllers through civilizational collapse.
It it 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.
Documentation is in text files in
doc/. Begin with
Collapse OS can run on any POSIX platform and builds easily.
/cvm/README.md for instructions.
blk.fs: Collapse OS filesystem's content. See below.
cvm: A C implementation of Collapse OS, allowing it to run natively on any POSIX platform.
arch: collection of makefiles that assemble Collapse OS on different machines.
tools: Tools for working with Collapse OS from "modern" environments. For example, tools for facilitating data upload to a Collapse OS machine through a serial port.
emul: Tools for running Collapse OS in an emulated environment.
tests: Automated test suite for the whole project.
This file is a big text file containing the "real deal", that is, the contents of Collapse OS' filesystem. That filesystem contains everything that a post-collapse computer would manage, that is, all Forth and assembler source code for the tools it needs to fulfill its goals.
The Collapse OS filesystem is a simple sequence of 1024 bytes blocks. That is
not very workable in the text editor of a modern system.
blk.fs represents an
"unpacked" view of that block system. Each block (16 lines max per block, 64
chars max per line) begins with a marker indicating the block number of the
contents that follow.
Blocks must be in ascending order.
That file can be "packed" to a real blkfs with
/tools/blkpack. A real blkfs
can be "unpacked" to its text file form with
The project unfinished but is progressing well! See Collapse OS' website for more information.
The Forth-based Collapse OS is the second incarnation of the concept. The first
one was entirely written in z80 assembly. If you're interested in that
incarnation, checkout the