We have moved to the new location while our next shelter is being worked on.
I now have access to something I have never previously had while working on Vault-OS. I have a huge dedicated workshop building that my wife has graciously given me custody of if I promise to move my mountain of electronic hoarder garbage out there. I now have a covered greenhouse with full irrigation and an entire alleyway behind it to erect my hydroponics quonset. The workshop has power, a network hub and full access with cabling to both the greenhouse and quonset.
The greenhouse is going to be used for the proof-of-concept for aboveground permaculture to be fully controlled and operated by a VOS box. The quonset will be dedicated to an instance of VOS that demonstrates it can be used to produce food underground without natural sunlight or ventilation. All of my VOS equipment can reside inside the workshop protected from rain and the elements while I work on it including all sensors and automated control systems. If space permits I might even put in a bathtub of fish and freshwater shrimp raised by computers.
I will probably make the main connections over CANBUS but by the time the project is mature it will provide daemons for a whole variety of industrial buses including MODBUS, LanBUS, SIEMENS Industrial, I2C, SPI and simple RS-485/RS-232 serial cable. Unlike previous versions of the software, the daemons will now be loaded and launched by the server at run-time according to user preferences. I will be able to thoroughly test different cross-platform compiled versions of VOS running on Desqview, DR-DOS, Linux, Win 3.1, Win32, FreeBSD, Mac OSX and RTOS and will probably get it running on my Rabbit-2000, Arduino and ARM boards as well.
I have never had this kind of space before for pure research and it comes just as some of my experimental code for VOS w/PHP is finally working. I have been migrating everything that makes the server run to PHP pages which I will eventually be embedding in a zip file that travels with the main executable.
When both testbeds are producing food reliably, I will put the initial version of Vault-OS up on SourceForge or Github and run my fundraiser campaign on Kickstarter for the VOS Lexicon which will enable anybody anywhere in the world to emerge from the apocalypse with their own full automation system for survival using salvage and junk computers for all the components where required. With a copy of this book you will be able to build any number of automation and monitoring systems in record time including for inventory management, water storage, fuel monitoring, power management and permaculture all by yourself without any outside help if desired. It will be one of the coolest things that anybody on the planet has ever seen and the last word in decentralization for the individual survivalist.
I am finishing up my computer game very soon and right after that is released I am going to pour myself wholeheartedly into the development of VOS. It has only been 14 years and I think I am ready to produce something for peer review.