@l03s i didn't know about disaster.radio but it seems like a cool project as well. I really want to see more of these low-techy post-"collapse" projects pop up
@l03s I don't think the informing idea is post-collapse, but the stuff people are doing lately with LoRa and DASH7 to make parallel, low-speed, wide-area infrastructure is pretty interesting. (although admittedly, many are then using gateways to plug connect stuff back to the mainstream Internet)
it's something we're thinking about with https://cabal.chat as well, we haven't sprung into action yet on this, though (tho design has just started on a protocol revamp that is a lot less bandwidth intensive & transport-agnostic)
https://ssb.nz can work this way by letting information hop through devices as they pass through ad-hoc wifi hotspots / sync locally
Uxn is designed to be smaller(32 operations, 400 lines assembler/emulator), but the idea is more about getting people interested in simple 8-bit systems, than building a system that can be boostrapped on old Z80 chips.
I found that CollapseOS does a poor job at making this prospect appealing, emulator sucks, boot image can't do anything, etc.. I figured it might be more resilient to teach asm in a playful way.
There is some mesh networks projects listed on this page you might find interesting:
Also, more theorical but there was a LowTech mag article about this:
Not collapse focused, but very much intended to work even with intermittent connectivity. Some militaries are interested in it too, so now is a good time to steer it to be useful to not necessarily legal civilian uses as well. There is proper academic research going on behind it. Unlike SecSB, you don't need to store data forever.
@l03s The nice thing about it for me is that it doesn't just work with high latency networks, it can also be used in a low latency data center network, or anything in between, and it brings actual benefits compared to (TCP/)IP, so there is a good reason to adopt it even now.
@csepp this is really interesting! I had not come across it yet. Reading up as we speak :)
DASH7, mentioned by @praxeology was also initiated by military/DARPA. Of course it makes sense that the military would be interested in resilient network systems able to function independent from Internet, energy grid, etc. Interesting overlap with post-collapse projects.
I think for this sort of thing to be truly useful in a disaster / societal collapse situation, it needs to be flexible and adaptable to whatever hardware you can find and whatever simple interfaces can be built in-situ.
Or do we just expect a bunch of people to stockpile stuff like ESP32 boards and LoRa radios while they can be cheaply ordered from China?
@abortretryfail a very good point. Building for (however old) devices with long lifespans, or for components that can be easily found and reused is a much safer bet :)
@l03s As i have backgroud in 8bit/microcontrollers/radio designs i feel sentiment for such a projects. But from the other side i don't quite understand reason to build OS from scratch, that has zero usefull applications written. Contrary to many existing, old 8bit OS's, well documented, available for the same hardware
@miklo I guess one reason could be that collapseOS runs on different CPUs and is open source so you could more easily develop applications that can run across a wider range of devices?
But I also see your point, no need to reinvent the wheel. In any case having multiple approaches available sounds good.
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