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NoUS (No User System)

Small footprint OS to wipe machine but leave it ready for possibility.
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NoUS is a, lightweight as possible, operating system that cracks open the BIOS, wipes drives and installs*. It has a free and open boot loading chain and automatically bootstraps with network handshaking. The system's main job is to find an OS image but defaults to simple open FTP server if unsuccessful. Remote file execution is possible via commands. The machine is left ready, in a variety of ways, to take an image but can still act as a file cupboard*** on the network otherwise.

If NoUS can't find a suitable network connection, a simple programming space is defaulted to. Really just an text editor that can parse, compile and execute the text. Cut down Libraries may allow code to be written to allow connections to be established and the open OS code is accessible and modifiable. The programming hardware system relationship is going to be the largest chunk** of the system.

No passwords, No user partitioning, just an open resource on the network to be used and modified for the will of some extended use*. Think that old BASIC ROM with a simplified network communication access and modern hardware resources. NoUS might open up a bit more experimentation to find new applications for old equipment.

It seems a lot of technology is going to waste so, use your NoUS and leave the technology playfully open and ready to plug in.

* System hasn't been cannibalized past NoUS requirements. ** 50Mb Tiny Core / Thinclient(a bit fatter) variant? preemptive text completion can come later. *** with more modern systems with virtual threading, drivers for lightweight thread work packet processing might be possible.

wjt, Dec 20 2020

Temple OS https://templeos.org/
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       Sounds like Linux on a flash drive, run from the command prompt; Baked and WKTE.
8th of 7, Dec 20 2020

       WKTE? No Linux has been that insecure since version .7. Maybe Temple
Voice, Dec 20 2020

       That's why we keep copies of very old versions. Sometimes they're extremely useful for this sort of job.   

       Still downloadable, if you know where to look.
8th of 7, Dec 20 2020

       Cracking not hacking. And name an OS that's a dedicated programing environment.   

       It's only as insecure as it's place in the network.
wjt, Dec 21 2020

       // It's only as insecure as it's place in the network.//   

       And also its physical location, the people who use it, the people who are allowed near it, and the people who assemble and service it.   

       On an unrelated topic it really pisses me off that the Wikipedia entry on Temple OS has a higher ranking than the actual page. It's very common across various searches and it's a transparent way to push people's eyes toward what they "should" think about x before they can form their own opinions.
Voice, Dec 21 2020

       Ah, yes; the Wikipedia article on [Voice] says "prone to paranoia". Good thing I checked there first.
pertinax, Dec 21 2020

       If it's just a build tool to enable OS installation, security is irrelevant, as is freedom and self-determination. You will be Assimilated. You must comply.
8th of 7, Dec 21 2020

       Trying to be accurate a command line isn't a programming environment. The old ROM booted such that language syntax ran when entered.   

       A not used or obsolete machine, to be useful really has to be networked nowdays, that is, be able to send, receive and process globs of data. Else what is there? There can't be the processed output if you can get files/data to the machine.   

       The IDE is there mainly to open any closed/unused communication methods that the hardware might allow.   

       Open, as open can be.
wjt, Dec 22 2020

       Pondering some more,. Linux from scratch might be the base.   

       Ultimately, if a network can't be found, any use hinges on self contained technical reference material.
wjt, Dec 24 2020


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