*'Multiverse' or 'Multiverse OS' or 'MultiverseOS' can be used in the logo.*
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^ This but computer screens facing upwards with universes on the screens with the words multiverse OS is the idea that we had.
We also like the idea of a grid of planets: http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net…1213010608
We like this sliders style planet earth spiral away from the viewer: http://www.astronomy.com/-/media/Im…png?mw=600
Another concept is scaffolding around a planet, like a planet being built similar to the concept of Magrathea in Hitchhikers Guide.
This is an interesting idea too, a hoodie with a galaxy/universe/space for the head.
http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/sit…k=bF1REaDQ - Russian dolls of planets is a nice concept
This maybe in the shape of a brain.
Multiverse OS is a Linux (built on Debian, with virtual machines primarily using Debian or Alpine Linux) based operating system that provides reliable security through ephemeral compartmentalization of all software and identities in a manner similar to QubesOS. ^#1
>"**The multiverse (or meta-universe) is the hypothetical set of possible universes, including the universe in which we live. Together, these universes comprise everything that exists: the entirety of space, time, matter, energy, and the physical laws and constants that describe them.
>The various universes within the multiverse are called "parallel universes", "other universes", or "alternative universes".**" This is what is meant by Multiverse, in this operating system the user utilizing the 'portal-gun' software can spin up ephemeral compartmentalized systems based off templates and dynamic requirements seamlessly to provide reliable security against viruses, malware and spying.
Multiverse OS does not just aim to provide security, but also re-envision large parts of the Linux user experience. Multiverse OS recognizes Linux is a patchwork of programs, with both inconsistent console and graphical interfaces, a large effort to make both the console and graphical interfaces more consistent, adding shim interfaces to every standard Linux program to provide a consistent console, GUI(Graphical User Interface, the thing you are looking at) and API(Application Programming Interface, the way programmers interact with a program to write software or small scripts) to make learning it much easier than other Linux distributions. Instead of learning the individual flags found for each binary, Multiverse provides a reliable framework to interact with each console and graphical program, without removing backwards compatibility for experienced users. Aliasing and organization will bring alternative naming and tree structure to make navigating and understanding the list of available console programs much easier for new Linux users. These are just some of the ideas to make Linux easier to learn and use, to make secure ephemeral compartmentalized security necessary for the modern Internet accessible to increasingly more people.
Multiverse also provides functionality to make it trivial to combine computers in your house or even rented VPS (Virtual Private Server) or dedicated servers into a cluster or cloud in such a way that it feels like you are using a single more powerful computer, providing average users access to all of the new "cloud"/virtual machine clustering technology available to companies and professionals. Instead of relying on closed source technology built on top of open source technology, we just built the framework needed to make it easier to use the clustering and cloud features in single user desktop environments, which we hope will empower people to more fully utilize the growing amount technology around them and combine the processing power of cheaper computers and share it with others.
*Multiverse is a community project, it is not made for profit, it is distributed for free, open source, and developed by volunteers. It is being developed because it is an important project, because almost all current operating systems are not capable of dealing with the modern Internet; with growing complexity of viruses and malware frameworks, there is ever increasing odds your computer is regularly and automatically receiving hacking attempts from infectious malware, that programmability attempts to expand. It is very realistic possibility that your computer that you are using to read this may be host to several different malware enabling different bot networks to make use of your resources, or steal your data whenever it is desired. The growing automation, constantly updated frameworks that increase the number of attacks available to them, and the profit made by obtaining computer resources makes everyone connected to the Internet a target that is under attack 24/7. Meanwhile anti-virus companies are not simply unable to keep up to the open source malware infrastructure that is growing, and now resort to installing their own poorly implemented closed-source malware that you hope will be better than black-hat malware. With the growing popularity of OSX and Linux, these operating systems are also valuable targets, and the argument that because you do not use windows that you are safe is no longer valid (if it ever was), one may even argue that these OS will often contain higher value data.
We have fundamentally entered a different era of viruses and malware and the modern Internet is a fundamentally different landscape than it was even 2 years ago. Yet our operating systems never got updated to deal with these growing threats.*
With all these facts in mind, we need to approach the problem in a fundamentally different way if we are to solve this problem.
The best solution presented so far is ephemeral compartmentalization: Essentially we assume we will get viruses, we assume every page we visit gives us a virus and redesign the operating system around removing viruses as we get them. Every Browser session, is isolated to its own ephemeral but full virtual session. Using a template the server is fired up and the window passed to the user and when the browser is closed the entire server is thrown away. So if the machine was infected during the browsing session, it would be thrown away with the rest of the machine when Firefox closes.
This ephemeral compartmentalization is combined with run long running tasks to protect files, scan them, remove meta-data, checksum validation, encrypt them and back them up in multiple off-site locations.
Using these techniques in combination, one can be reasonably protected from the modern Internet. It is long overdue that this technologies be made available to the average computer user.
Using Multiverse OS should be as easy as using any other operating system (aiming for ease-of-use near OSX, not necessarily the same design but the same level of intuitiveness) but importantly provides by default effective security against viruses, malware, and government/corporate spying. For example, you open Firefox, in Multiverse OS you must open software under an identity, you choose to open it with your school identity: in the background a virtual machine starts and launch Firefox with its own networking defined by your school identity. It is automatically configured to work in the exact same way a local Firefox install, including syncing the downloads folder to the school identity downloads folder This allows separate identities to access the Internet with unique meta-data, compartmentalized so that even if you get a virus while browsing, the virtual machine and network are thrown away after closing Firefox. Any files downloaded are carefully scanned for viruses and added to the file or media collection within the identity used.
From a user perspective, this looks like using Firefox on most other browsers with the exception that it can be opened under an identity registered with the operating system. Identities can be separated into their own desktops, window border colors or entirely separated and cycled through KVM(keyboard-video-mouse) Switch connections.
Multiverse is made up of from two primary tools: (1) 'portal-gun' (From Rick and Morty, Half-Life or even Sliders), a tool that spins up virtual machines to launch specific applications, or host projects, automatically configuring based on identity settings, while managing clusters of Multiverse OS installations and networking but does it in a way that seamlessly integrates into a typical singular GUI desktop experience. Designed to allow novice users to combine multiple computers into a single more powerful computer and protect themselves from viruses, malware, back doors and so on. Manages templates, manages file history (referred to as time dilation), and a lot more (2) 'scamble-suit' (From 'A Scanner Darkly' by Phillip K. Dick'), a secure account system that holds all your relevant data (file system, media collection, emails, contacts, and other databases you create for research) in a graph database and backs it up off-site in unique ways to prevent data loss in future proof ways (breaking up data and storing it across social media: in the form of emails, posts, hidden within images used on social media, github pushes, DNS records, and so on). Each account has a consistent console interface, REST API and key/value store allowing complex scripting and automation.
The idea is to provide the average user a modern, upgraded Linux operating system experience that is secure by default, privacy enhanced by default and most importantly suitable typical every day use.
Often secure operating systems do not cater to average users, there is no expectation that everyday tasks such as downloading, sharing, managing and using media (music, movies, comics, books, and so on) or playing games using GPU pass through to create isolated gaming environments. Multiverse OS provides out of the box support for secure integration into home automation, media collection management, torrenting/file sharing, gaming using GPU pass through for Windows and Ubuntu gaming subsystems, project management/collaboration and 3D printing/CNC queue management. If we want to make secure operating systems accessible, we need to make them secure doing things that average users do, if they can do that, they will be able to do things journalists need to do too while providing even more protection because it becomes harder to target.
#1: Instead of unpopular choice of Xen on Fedora used by QubesOS, Multiverse OS opts for KVM/Qemu on Debian utilizing full virtual machines (not containers) and smart networking isolation (reverse networking, onion services, nested levels of virtual networks, advanced multi-hop port internal forwarding, tunneling through DNS, Ping(ICMP),... and more).