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 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: http://www.emmabuntus.org
Emmabuntüs DE2-1.03 overview | an all-in-one
Overview video of the Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 2-1.03 based on Debian 9 realised by RibaLinux : https://youtu.be/cQeZp-99ER4Share
Emma DE2 1.03 foreshadows the Emma DE3 version!
This update is released to improve the current Emma DE2 by adding some functional, ergonomic as well as cosmetic features. This version anticipate what will be the next Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 3, based on the coming Debian 10, of which we plan to release an Alpha or Beta version in February-March 2019 time frame : https://emmabuntus.sourceforge.io/mediawiki/index.php/October_2018_EmmaDE2_1_03Share
Emma DE2 1.02 makes Linux available to everyone !
On May 21st 2018, the Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the new Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 2 1.02 (32 and 64 bits), based on Debian 9.4 stretch 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, 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.
Schools in France running GNU/Linux Emmabuntüs
Computer under GNU/Linux Emmabuntüs installed near Paris in kindergartens and primary schools by Emmabuntüs Collective between 2015 and 2018 : http://peertube.schools-france.emmabuntus.orgShare
High Schools in Togo running Linux Emmabuntüs
We just released on PeerTube the first English video concerning our actions to deploy GNU/Linux in Togo, with the friendly collaboration of the Yovo Togo and JUMP Lab'Orione organizations. PeerTube is a decentralized French platform hosting video files, thanks to a free software based on a peer to peer distribution model. It works on the basis of a federation of instances hosted by several remote entities, similar to the Diaspora* or Mastodon architecture. See video : : http://peertube.ict-togo.emmabuntus.orgShare
We make Linux available to all with EmmaDE 2 1.01 !
On January 29th, 2018, the Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the new Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 2 1.01 (32 and 64 bits), based on Debian 9.3 stretch 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. Many thanks to the Full Circle Magazine, for publishing a paper about Emmabuntüs, in which they reported a bug tied to some Wi-Fi devices that we were able to fix quickly. http://emmabuntus.sourceforge.net/mediawiki/index.php/January_29_2018_EmmaDE2_a_Linux_available_to_allShare
This is a rest day in Bombouaka before we leave tomorrow to drive back to Sokodé. We run some errands in Dapaong, wash the car, meet with the team in charge of the Don Orione Center, exchanging fraternal and reciprocal thanks, before we take one last picture with the whole staff. Some moments of joy with the children, who – like every year – hand to us little notes, touching drawings, and we really feel like being home, but we must leave now. http://emmabuntus.sourceforge.net/blog/yovotogo-diary-2017-6-final/Share
This is a very busy day, starting with a preparatory meeting with the Oti’s prefect, Mister Ouadja, who will preside the inaugural ceremony of 2 computer rooms, which are planned for today. Mister deputy Bankani also honored us with his presence. It is important and pleasant for us to witness the support and the commitment to our projects of the local authorities, be they elected representatives, secondary or technical school inspectors, traditional leaders, representatives from the parents associations, representatives of the Internal Security Forces, police and gendarme officers. http://emmabuntus.sourceforge.net/blog/yovotogo-diary-2017-5/Share
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. http://emmabuntus.sourceforge.net/blog/yovotogo-diary-2017-4/Share
YovoTogo Diary 2017-3
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. http://emmabuntus.sourceforge.net/blog/yovotogo-diary-2017-3/Share
YovoTogo Diary 2017-2
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 http://emmabuntus.sourceforge.net/blog/yovotogo-diary-2017-2/
|Date||Amount received excluding taxes|
|31/10/2018||270.8117 $ (to come up)|
|30/11/2018||239.3481 $ (to come up)|
|31/12/2018||280.925 $ (to come up)|