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Free and humanitarian operating system for used computers, fostering 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 overconsumption 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 Togo, with the new Emmabuntüs Cameroon collective, as well as with the JerryClan in Chad, in Benin, in Senegal, the Doualab hacker-space, the Blolab laboratory and the RAP2S association.

Emmabuntüs is also used by the JerryCyber project, developed within the Ayiyikoh Incubator. This project aims at providinbg 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”, “Je suis Jerry”, “Eisenia”, and “e-nexus”.
The collective works also closely with associations promoting the free software like “Les Amis d'Emmabuntüs”, “Perpinux”, “Gard-Linux”, “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. Thus, since October 2016, this area is equipped with 7 computer rooms, accommodating a total of 150 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 always in 2016, Emmabuntüs also equipped 8 kindergartens 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.

These sums 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 computer training classes in the Savannah region of North Togo. The money received will be used to buy video-projectors to equip the 4 first training classes within 4 high-schools and to buy flat screens in the course of the 2017 campaign, during which 150 additional computers running Emmabuntüs will be sent, in the September time frame.

- 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 programing 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:

1 day ago

YovoTogo Diary-2017-4

photo At 8AM this morning we are at the CRETFP (Regional college for technology education and vocational training) in Dapaong to meet with the responsible persons for this school and those of Jump Lab’Orione, YovoTogo and the Tandjouaré-Dapaong Rotary Club. The goal of this meeting is to define the conditions under which the « FabLab-OrthoLab » project will be implemented, this project including a computer room, an incubator for digital activities, supplemented by a 3D printing unit to produce parts for the disabled children orthopedic center of Bombouaka. The managing director is obviously delighted to hist this project in his educational institution, and to add it to his training program portfolio. Together with his deputy and the head of works we visit not only the room initially assigned to the project, but the whole building (see photo below) consisting in 3 rooms, 2 of which being air-conditioned.

10 days ago

YovoTogo Diary 2017-3

photo On today’s agenda, we plan to visit three out of the seven training rooms which have been implemented until last year. We start with the one in the Bombouaka high school, then those of Tandjouaré and finally those of Nano. Generally the attendance rate as well as the equipment follow up are satisfactory. New USB keys containing the new version of the Operating System will be given to the JUMP Lab’Orione members in charge of the maintenance and sustainability of the project.

19 days ago

YovoTogo Diary 2017-2

photo Intense and very busy day : in the morning visit to the children, then to the youth, all ready to go to school or college. It is a very special time when each face regains its name. We share some news and meet up again with Joseph the maintenance man and Richard the driver. At nine o’clock in the morning, we are hosted by the Rotary Club of Tandjouaré Dapaong, to attend the yearly visit of their 209177-2018 Governor, the Nigerian doctor Ari Toubo IBRAHIMA. See

25 days ago

YovoTogo Diary 2017-1

photo Between October 14th and November 4th, three members of the YovoTogo association stayed at the Saint Louis Orione Center of Bombouaka, a place nicknamed « forgotten hearts heaven ».

75 days ago

On October 2nd 2017, The new Emmabuntüs DE 2 is available !

photo On October 2nd, 2017, the Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the new Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 2 1.00 (32 and 64 bits), based on Debian 9.1 distribution and featuring the XFCE desktop environment. This distribution was originally designed to facilitate the reconditioning of computers donated to humanitarian organizations, starting with the Emmaüs communities (which is where the distribution's name obviously comes from), to promote the discovery of GNU/Linux by beginners, as well as to extend the lifespan of computer hardware in order to reduce the waste induced by the overconsumption of raw materials. This release is intended to ease even more the refurbishing workload on all the associations using Emmabuntüs, and on our JerryClan friends in France and in Africa. For more information concerning our current and futures activities, you can read our blog post The Emmabuntüs collective is back to work. And, if you want even more details concerning our various cooperations with these associations, please read this interview which summarizes the 5 years of our collective existence.

77 days ago

Emmabuntus collective is back to work !

photo Here is our collective release of finalized, the program: videos, publications, news #EmmaDE2, a #FabLab to #Togo with the new #3Dprinter of our friend François FABRE, the Scarlette3D, of which you can discover the video of presentation in our release, in order to realize prostheses for handicapped children: We of course need your support on Lilo to realize this project and to buy this new 3D printer: !

83 days ago

Presentation of our actions and that of our friends by Lilo

photo Thanks to Lilo for the beautiful presentation video of our actions and that of our friends YovoTogo and JUMP LabOrione. This video is now subtitled in English:

105 days ago

Realease Emmabuntüs DE 1.03 : Even more free

photo On August 28, 2017, the Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the new Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 1.03 (32 and 64 bits), based on Debian 8.9 distribution and featuring the XFCEdesktop environment. This version does not introduce big novelties, like did the 1.02 version with the UEFI support and the addition of the Lilo search engine by default, but rather some significant improvements, and even more free software with the Framasoft embedded services. This version will be the baseline of our next version, Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 2 based on Debian 9 Stretch, that we plan to release sometimes in September 2017. See more information about this release on our Wiki :

166 days ago

Yes, Jerry Can in Africa !

photo Friday May 25th 2012, has been a very special day for the Free Software community in the Ivory Coast country. The Yamoussoukro town, commonly called Yakro by the Ivorians, experienced a significant event in the whole coworking history. “The sharing night” gathering, as the coworkers decided to name it, was hosted in the City Hall of Yamoussoukro, which is the political and administrative capital of this country. One could see, all night long and under the high authority of Wilfried N‘Guessan, the master of ceremonies, busy coworkers sharing ideas and putting all their efforts together to finalize their projects. And this is precisely at the end of this famous “sharing night” that was born the very first Jerry built in Africa. And at the same time, the JerryClan Ivory Coast community was also born, with the pulse of Florent Youzan, Jean-Pierre Koutouan, Cyriac Gbogou, and the Afriworkers network.

214 days ago

Emmabuntus 3 1.04 Linux Distro Officially Released, Based on Xubuntu 14.04.1 LTS

photo The Collective Emmabuntus is pleased to inform us today about the release and immediate availability of the Emmabuntus 3 1.04 update of the educational-oriented GNU/Linux distribution based on Xubuntu and the Xfce desktop environment. Emmabuntüs 3 1.04 is the fourth maintenance update in the series based on the long-term supported Xubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system, bringing numerous improvements and updated components. Prominent new features include Lilo as an alternative web search engine to respect the privacy of users when using the Internet and the implementation of the new UEFI standard for 64-bit PCs. Read more:

214 days ago

Linux Format 216 : A Distro for All Seasons

photo Emmabuntüs is an Ubuntu (and now Debian) based distribution (distro) designed for lower-spec hardware and suitable for users of all ages. The project is based in France, where donated machines are refurbished by volunteers and sold at bargain prices to raise funds. But it’s also part of a bigger picture, being allied with all kinds of charity work around the world, particularly in Africa. We spent some time with lead developer Patrick to find out more. Read more :

Date Amount received excluding taxes
01/12/2017 225.8637 $
30/10/2017 314.636 $
28/09/2017 591.0662 $
25/08/2017 419.1401 $
01/08/2017 496.6754 $
31/12/2017 250.5851 $ (to come up)
31/01/2018 237.1007 $ (to come up)
28/02/2018 642.7564 $ (to come up)
Lilo transfers the money monthly by €100 thresholds.
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