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Develop a free and humanitarian operating system based on GNU/Linux, to fight the digital divide and the planned obsolescence.

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Free and humanitarian operating system for used computers, encouraging the discovery of GNU/Linux, while reducing the environmental impact.

The Emmabuntüs collective

The Emmabuntüs collective is an informal group of persons which was formed in 2011 around the eponymous distribution project based on GNU/Linux.
This distribution was developed to ease the refurbishing of used computers donated to humanitarian associations, originally to the Emmaüs Communities (hence its name). This system is suitable for all users, ranging from beginners to computer experts, and addresses two other issues : promote the GNU/Linux discovery and expand the life of aging computer hardware to limit the waste induced by the over-consumption of raw material.

Emmabuntüs, an all-in-one GNU/Linux distribution ...

Emmabuntüs is a desktop computer type of distribution, easily accessible and ready to use. It was first based on the Long Term Support versions of Ubuntu, and is now based on Debian Stable. It is accessible for beginners and, since it uses relatively few hardware resources, can be installed on old computers which were previously running Windows XP, Vista or 7. It includes numerous modern programs ready-to-use for a casual use at home, procedures to easily install non-free software and multimedia codecs, as well a set of scripts to perform quickly and automatically the installation without the need for an Internet access (off-line). In addition, this distribution is available in the following languages : Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Emmabuntüs and the associative network …

Since 2012, Emmabuntüs developed a close cooperation with the Jerry Do-It-Together projects. Jerry is an open source computer assembled in a plastic-tank with recycled electronic components. This collaboration was extended when the Ivory Coast JerryClan community adopted the Emmabuntüs distribution to run their Jerrys. Using the Jerry/Emmabuntüs platform they were able generate new interesting projects :

- JerryTub, a health service, based on SMS transmission, to enable the medical follow-up of the tuberculosis patients
- m-Pregnancy, also based on SMS, to perform the monitoring of pregnant women.
- OpenDjeliba, a collaborative platform producing shared citizen information. This project won in 2014 the best ICT project prize during the second international francophone forum for young people and green jobs, which took place in Niger.
- GBATA, a mobile platform for real estate information, functioning also with SMS. In July 2015 this project arrived in the first place of the “Mobile Applications” category during the “Best Ict Talents and Local Content” contest in Ivory Coast.

This collaboration triggered the development of numerous other projects with the JerryClan Ivoity Cost, Ayiyikoh, JMSI, Allô Docteur PC, BabyLab, as well as with the JerryClan in Chad, and in Benin, the SenFabLab in Senegal, the Blolab laboratory in Benin and the RAP2S association.

Emmabuntüs is also used by the JerryCyber project, developed within the Ayiyikoh Incubator. This project aims at providing computer and Internet access to all the FabLab members as well as to everyone else. The Ayiyikoh Incubator team won the best application prize during the Africa Web Festival 2015, with the project GBAME implemented on a Jerry computer under Emmabuntüs.

In Europe, the Emmabuntüs collective is directly involved in the computer refurbishing tasks within the Emmaüs communities, and is collaborating with various local associations like “The PC de l'Espoir”, “Trira” (sorting, recycling), “THOT”, “Générations Solidaires Val-d'Oise”, “Eisenia”, and “e-nexus”.
The collective works also closely with associations promoting the free software like “Montpel’libre”, “Infothema”, “EPN de Durbuy” (Belgium) and the “Société d'Histoire Saint-George & Dalayrac” for the promotion of the free culture.
And the list keeps growing.

Since year 2013, the Montpel’libre association helps directly the Emmaüs community in Montpellier, by proposing presentation and sales support for systems running Emmabuntüs, every second Saturday of each month.

Since end of year 2015, in Normandy, the associations “Ailleurs Solidaires” (Solidarity Abroad) and “CaLviX“ install Emmabuntüs on used portable computers, which are then shipped to Nepal and donated to the Akashganga International Academy (high school of disadvantaged children in Kathmandu) and to the DSA (center looking after and educating disabled children, among the most disadvantaged in Nepal).

Since March 2016, the Emmabuntüs collective started a new collaboration with the YovoTogo and JUMP Lab'Orione associations in order to help them deploying and using computers under Emmabuntüs in the Savannah region of North Togo. As of December 2018, this area is equipped with 17 computer rooms, accommodating a total of 400 computers running the GNU/Linux Emmabuntüs system, enhanced by some free culture content : books in the ePub format, the children encyclopedia Vikidia, and a complete snapshot of Wikipedia.

Finally, and since March 2015, Emmabuntüs also equipped 18 kindergartens an primary schools in the Paris area.

Emmabuntüs is more than a GNU/Linux distribution …

The Emmabuntüs collective involvement for solidarity actions is very well known. Several schools and associations benefit already from refurbished computers. But we want to help them more directly.

Emmabuntüs uses now Lilo as its default search engine.

And two main factors triggered this decision :
- the actions taken by the search engine to respect the privacy of the web users ;
- the redistribution to some associations of more than 50% of the advertising incomes.

This money will be entirely given back to our partners below, in order to support their humanitarian and environmental projects.

- YovoTogo & JUMP Lab'Orione to further develop their computer training classes in the Savannah region of North Togo, and now, with the collaboration of the Humanitarian Prosthetics & Orthotics association, to setup the first FabLab-OrthoLab in North Togo embedded in the Regional Center of Technical Education and Professional Training of Dapaong. This center will be dedicated to social innovations and oriented toward the responsible digital technologies as well as the local sustainable development. On this site, a 3D additive printing technology, based on free software, will allow the creation of prosthesis for disabled persons. The collected money will be used to buy :

- one 3D printer together with the necessary consumables to make it fully operational (PLA, PET-G, ABS, Flexible etc.) ;
- some equipment to improve the environment of the existing workshops : sewing, electronic, documentation, etc. ;
- some used computer equipment also to do the maintenance in the existing computer rooms ;
- some photocopiers.

- Montpel'libre, is a “Free Software Users Group” in the Montpellier area, which conducts free software awareness workshops in this region, and in particular within the Emmaüs community of Montpellier.
Montpel'libre wishes to open rooms for training, awareness and initiation to learn and use tools and free software. Training rooms for teaching the Scratch programming language, for initiation on, and development with, open source tools and hardware, for talking about the hardware and software planned obsolescence, by raising awareness on how to replace defective hardware parts by recycling others, or running Jerry Parties, and also substitute incumbent software by free operating systems and applications.
And finally start addressing the Green IT question.

This is currently a short list, but we hope to be able soon to extend it to other partners, thanks to your growing participation on the Lilo platform.

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4 days ago

Emmabuntüs pour la Belgique

photo Vidéo d'appel aux dons d'ordinateurs sur la Belgique par notre ami Amaury.

9 days ago

Emmabuntüs chez les Wallons

photo Interview de notre ami Amaury de Blabla Linux sur ses belles actions solidaires en Belgique.

16 days ago

Campagne de réemploi

photo Un grand merci à notre ami Ange de pour son bel article sur notre campagne de réemploi avec nos amis de Debian-Facile et...

67 days ago

Réception de PC au lycée Le Roc par nos amis de YovoTogo

photo Nos amis de YovoTogo ont réceptionné 152 PC donné par le Lycée Le Roc, et vont les reconditionner sous Emmabuntüs pour équiper de nouveaux...

68 days ago

Emmabuntüs bien plus qu’une simple distribution

photo Un grand merci à notre ami Ange de pour sa très belle revue sur l'Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 3, et voici notre petit article...

99 days ago

On June 15, 2020 EmmaDE3 1.02 with Xfce/LXQt environnements!

photo On June 15th 2020, the Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the update Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 3 1.02 (32 and 64...

99 days ago

Le 15 juin 2020, EmmaDE3 1.02 avec les environnements Xfce/LXQt !

photo Le Collectif Emmabuntüs est heureux d’annoncer la sortie pour le 15 juin 2020, de la mise à jour de l’Emmabuntüs Debian Édition 3 1.02...

109 days ago

32-bit Linux distros roundup

photo Thanks a lot to #LinuxFormat for letting us re-publish their GNU/Linux 32bit distros roundup, where Emmabuntüs is part on the competition.
Thanks to Yves also...

109 days ago

Comparatif des distributions Linux 32-bit alternatives

photo Un grand merci à #LinuxFormat de nous avoir permis de publier le comparatif des distributions GNU/Linux 32 bits alternatives, ou nous sommes cités.
Un grand...

137 days ago

EmmaDE4 Debian 11 Bullseye is rolling out early!

photo On April 27th 2020, the Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the new Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 Alpha 1 (32 and...

137 days ago

EmmaDE4 Debian 11 Bullseye débarque en avance !

photo Le Collectif Emmabuntüs est heureux d’annoncer la sortie pour le 27 avril 2020, de la nouvelle Emmabuntüs Debian Édition 4 Alpha 1 (32 et...

151 days ago

Trailer of Emmabuntüs DE 4

photo Trailer made by our friend arpinux of New Features & Essentials of the future Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 under Debian 11 Bullseye. This version...

151 days ago

Bande annonce de l'Emmabuntüs DE 4

photo Bande-annonce réalisée par notre ami arpinux des Nouveautés & Incontournables de la future Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 sous Debian 11 Bullseye. Cette version inclura...

155 days ago


photo Quelques petites nouvelles des travaux de notre future l'Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 sous #Debian 11 #Bulleyes, grâce à notre ami arpinux, qui nous a...

182 days ago

Emmabuntus DE3 Review

photo Tutorial paso a paso en español mostrando instalación y primeros pasos. Dale click al PLAY y míralo en vídeo :

188 days ago

Distribution Release: Emmabuntüs DE3-1.01

photo Emmabuntüs is a lightweight, Debian-based distribution featuring the Xfce desktop. the project's latest release is Emmabuntüs Debian Edition (DE) 3-1.01. The latest version is...

188 days ago

Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 3 1.01

photo Mise à jour de l'Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 3 1.01.
Toutes les infos pour le téléchargement sur notre nouveau site :

200 days ago

Nuevos sitios para Emmabuntüs

photo Acabamos de publicar nuestro blog y foro actualizados:

Nuestro sitio ahora está en varios idiomas.

Muchas gracias a WebassocOrg por su valiosa ayuda durante la...

200 days ago

New sites for Emmabuntüs

photo We have just posted our updated blog and forum:

Our site is now in several languages.

A big thank you to WebassocOrg for their precious...

200 days ago

Nouveaux sites pour Emmabuntüs

photo Nous venons de mettre en ligne notre blog et notre forum mis au goût du jour :

Un grand merci à WebassocOrg pour leur...

Date Amount excl tx
Current month 178.6683 $ (approximately )
30/11/2020 142.7099 $ (scheduled)
31/10/2020 121.3596 $ (scheduled)
30/09/2020 191.029 $ (scheduled)
31/07/2020 170.8024 $
30/06/2020 285.4198 $
31/05/2020 513.5309 $
30/04/2020 300.0279 $
31/03/2020 423.6349 $
29/02/2020 441.6141 $
31/01/2020 349.4707 $
31/12/2019 634.8905 $
30/11/2019 319.1308 $
31/10/2019 303.399 $
30/09/2019 359.584 $
31/08/2019 360.7077 $
31/07/2019 403.4083 $
30/06/2019 413.5216 $
31/05/2019 360.7077 $
30/04/2019 425.8823 $
31/03/2019 410.1505 $
28/02/2019 422.5112 $
31/01/2019 398.9135 $
31/12/2018 280.925 $
30/11/2018 239.3481 $
31/10/2018 270.8117 $
30/09/2018 253.9562 $
31/08/2018 576.4581 $
31/07/2018 264.0695 $
30/06/2018 279.8013 $
31/05/2018 193.2764 $
30/04/2018 238.2244 $
31/03/2018 170.8024 $
28/02/2018 211.2556 $
31/01/2018 237.1007 $
31/12/2017 250.5851 $
30/11/2017 225.8637 $
31/10/2017 314.636 $
30/09/2017 591.0662 $
31/08/2017 419.1401 $
31/07/2017 496.6754 $
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