The Movie Operating System (MOS) is that operating system seen in the movies, the one with all the pretty graphics, weird displays, and magical powers. The one that doesn't have users, only passwords, and only one password. The one that can't be hacked from the outside, and runs on a mainframe in a vault underneath the volcano.
This document aims to outline how, in our very non-cinematic universe we could emulate the movie operating system, or at least fake it well enough that one could then film it as if it were real™.
First of all, I'd like to say this was my idea, but it's not. (See HollywoodOS for example.) I was introduced to it by a friend. I'm just writing this down here because I think it'd be a fun project, and, while I do work far too much right now, I do have the capability to do it. More or less.
My plan is to make a 'Linux flavor' that has basic functionality for the MOS, and work towards something usable as a 'software prop,' and eventually, perhaps as an actual computer (like, web browsing and email). Unfortunately, this plan will most likely require graphic design skills beyond my own, and creativity greater than what I can currently muster. Plus, I'm not much of a movie-goer, so I probably require inspiration from those who are to really do this idea any justice.
Boot modes like:
...more to come when I have time.