The idea is to find ways to keep civilization from having to start from scratch when everything falls apart around us.
Dupras believes that when society collapses and consumer electronics aren’t readily available, those with the materials and know-how to rebuild and program their own will have an upper hand.
He built Collapse OS to run on parts that he suspects will be readily available to scavengers, and also programmed the operating system to be self-assembling and self-contained to make it easier to get up and running with makeshift machines.
The odds the operating system will help anyone are slim.
It’s perfect for an apocalypse where we can’t use modern consumer electronics, but also that’s not quite so catastrophic that everyone is too busy fighting Thunderdome-style over the last sliver of food to care about computers.