Develop a free and humanitarian operating system based on GNU/Linux, to fight the digital divide and the planned obsolescence.
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.
Link to the page: http://www.emmabuntus.org
On September 16, 2019, Emma DE3 under theDebian 10 Buster limelight !
On September 16th 2019, the Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the new Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 3 1.00 (32 and 64 bits), based on Debian 10.1.0 Buster distribution and featuring the XFCE desktop environment.
This new version of our distribution is based on the Emmabuntüs DE2 under Debian 10 Buster, with some noticeable improvements which were implemented during the development of the Alpha and RC versions : ISO file size significantly reduced, streamlining and consistency of the embedded software, better handling of the light/dark theme, localization support in live mode, etc. This final version additionally supports the installation in UEFI Secure boot mode, the simplified installation via Calamares in live mode, allows to run under VMware Workstation, and brings some improvements in terms of security and ergonomic.
Emmabuntus DE2 1.05 Final Install Steps and Thoughts
Review video by Switched to Linux.
Emmabunutus is a Debian build for reviving old computers and for giving new Linux users a taste of all of the different applications available on Linux.
Distribution Release: Emmabuntüs DE2-1.05
Emmabuntüs is a lightweight, Debian-based distribution designed to run on older computers. The project has published a new update to its Debian 9 "Stretch" branch, Emmabuntüs DE2-1.05. The new release works to reduce install media size, makes it easier to work with light and dark themes, and fixes UEFI mode in VMWare virtual machines : https://www.distrowatch.com/?newsid=10636Share
Emmabuntüs Is a Hidden Linux Gem
Emmabuntüs is a great find if you are looking for an all-around Linux operating system that keeps legacy computers out of the trash heap and is easy to use with no setup or regular Internet access required.
This distro is not one whose name is readily recognizable. Hidden from popular view, it's seldom spotted by product reviewers. Yet it has fulfilled a range of user needs for years.
Emmabuntüs DE3 in the shade of Debian 10 Buster
This new version of our distribution is based on Emmabuntüs DE2 under Debian 10 Buster, after we were able to manage a drastic ISO size reduction in its Alpha version. This RC version finalizes the streamlining of the embedded applications, brings some new fixes, like the boot speed-up in live mode, compare to the Alpha version, improvement in the dark/light theme handling, support of the language and localization in live mode, etc : https://emmabuntus.sourceforge.io/mediawiki/index.php/July_2019_EmmaDE3_RCShare
Emmabuntus as a software showcase
We just released on PeerTube a nice video with English subtitles made by our friend Amaury of « Blabla Linux ».
In this video Amaury explains what is the philosophy of the Emmabuntüs project, and then goes – with much enthusiasm – into the details of the Emma-DE-3 « Buster » alpha release he just received and tested. https://emmabuntus.sourceforge.io/blog/emmabuntus-as-a-software-showcase/
Distribution Release: Emmabuntüs DE2-1.04
Emmabuntüs is a desktop Linux distribution with editions based Xubuntu and Debian's Stable branch. It strives to be beginner-friendly and reasonably light on resources so that it can be used on older computers. The project has published an update to its Debian-based branch, Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 2-1.04, which is based on Debian 9.9 : https://distrowatch.com/?newsid=10554Share
Presentation Emmabuntus by Lilo
Presentation of the actions of the Emmabuntüs collective and its friends.
To select a subtitle language, please click on the gearwheel located at the bottom right of the window and pick the language you want.
Review - Emmabuntus DE3 Alpha
Review video of the Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 3 Alpha based on Debian 10 realised by Backyard Tech: https://youtu.be/hsNQUTwdcH0Share
Distribution Release: Emmabuntüs DE3 Alpha
Emmabuntus is a desktop Linux distribution which strives to be beginner-friendly and reasonably light on resources so that it can be used on older computers. The project's latest development release is based on Debian Buster, which is about to become Debian's next Stable release. The new development snapshot, Emmabuntus Debian Edition (DE) 3 Alpha, ships with a number of updates and application changes: https://distrowatch.com/?newsid=10486Share
On March 6th 2019, Emma DE3 on top of Debian 10 Buster!
This new release of the distribution, is based on the Emmabuntüs DE 2 foundation now running under Debian 10 Buster, and brings an improvement in the size of the ISO by the rationalization of the current software, and the removal of unsupported languages. In addition, it supports pkexec instead of gksu in all our post-installation and customization scripts : https://emmabuntus.sourceforge.io/mediawiki/index.php/March_2019_EmmaDE3_AlphaShare
|Date||Amount excl tx|
|30/11/2019||319.1308 $ (scheduled)|
|31/12/2019||634.8905 $ (scheduled)|
|Mois en cours||1546.2112 $ (estimation)|
|Reste à payer||46.0717 $|