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. Lire la suite … »
In its September 2016 edition, the Linux Format English magazine published a long interview of our Emmabuntüs collective, conducted by their journalist Jonni Bidwell.
The paper begins with a brief history of the first voluntary actions made by Patrick at Emmaüs community of Neuilly-Plaisance, and the first traveling companions who started the Emmabuntüs collective adventure.
Next comes the definition of the three fundamental axis of our involvement are clearly explain :
develop a distribution easy to install on aging computers;
help humanitarian communities to perform these installations and then diffuse the Libre Software ideals among the newbies;
and doing so, dramatically reduce the amount of electronic waste on our planet.
On September 5, 2016, the Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the new Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 1.01 available for 32 and 64 bits, based on Debian 8.5 distribution featuring the XFCE desktop environment.
We hope that this new Debian based version will be adopted by the associations with which we collaborate : YovoTogo and JUMP Lab’Orione (The march of the YovoTogo children toward the digital age), Ailleurs-Solidaires and CaLviX (Emmabuntüs, the Linux for « Ailleurs Solidaires »), Ayiyikoh (Jerry and the women), THOT CIS (With THOT for a 2.0 solidarity), Montpel’libre (The dragonfly of Liberty, from Equality to Fraternity), Trira, RAP2S, etc.
Eight years spent weaving its web beyond its boundaries, disseminating ideas on computers, on technologies and on social actions, thanks to its couple of antennae; and a couple of eyes to understand the mysteries of the world around, in order to better serve it; and a couple of wings to better cover the world through accessibility and humanitarian mapping parties; three couple of legs to better grasp the transmission of the free (as in freedom) software and better cope with all the encountered difficulties : this is how is made our Dragonfly [Libellule in French] Montpel’libre
In this world, each individual has access to Internet and is enough digital savvy to have a great influence on its social and economical environment. Each individual, fully aware of the ecological impact on our planet, generated by 60 million tons of yearly electronic waste, should be able to clean and preserve its environment. We have in this world a perfect equality between rich and poor persons, and between Digital Natives 1 and Digital Immigrants 2 in what concerns the access to the ICT 3 … May be this world will never leave the dream realm to become reality …
With a population of 7.5 million inhabitants and an area of 56,785 Km2, the Togolese republic is a Western Africa country which economy is based mainly on food crops and phosphate mines. Its true wealth is the wide variety of landscapes going from arid plains to green valleys, passing through great savannas in the north of the country, planted with great baobab trees.
This is the small but great country of Emmanuel Adebayor1, where Claude Féré and his spouse Marie Paule Oré settled to continue the service project which was initiated several years ago by a missionary aunt.
Ailleurs Solidaires (approx. « Together Abroad ») is a humanitarian association based in the Calvados (French Normandy) which main goal is to help needy children in the « Akashganga International Academy » (only its name and its willingness to exist are really international), a school located in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Access to Internet and computer-based tools were impossible in this school : Ailleurs Solidaires, assisted and advised by the nearby CaLviX association (promoting the Free Software) donated a total of 12 used laptops computer loaded with the Emmabuntüs distribution. For numerous children/teenagers, this was the first opportunity in their life to reach a computer. And, of course, to train themselves, to use their first spreadsheets and word processors, for example, but also to understand what the Open-Source movement is about.
Local solidarity, abroad solidarities, similar community of interests, all are looking at the same objective : get together to help those who are in need.
Vulnerable children, widows and orphans, disabled, bedridden, rape victims, are some categories of persons who, most of the time, need to benefit from mankind solidarity and compassion. But not this kind of compassion we tend to associate with mere pity, or the fact to be sensitive to other people’s misfortune, but this with the accompanying will to provide a relief. And it is widely known that the gift of performing miracles hides behind the will power.
On June 20, 2016, the Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the new Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 1.00 (for the time being only the 32 bits version is available), based on Debian 8.5 distribution featuring the XFCE desktop environment.
This version was developed on top of the Framagit free platform with a high level of cooperation, in order for our friends from the JerryClan and Ayiyikoh Incubator in Ivory Coast and the DouaLab based in Cameron, to build their own derived version based on their their future projects.
In their infinite wisdom blessed with divine inspiration, the ancients were very right when saying that “union is strength” and that “you cannot wrap up a package with only one hand”. Since one year, these two sayings earned a place and enabled great accomplishments in the biggest urban commune of Abidjan, called Yopougon. This is where young and dynamic Ivorians, who fully understood the meaning and value of the team work, stepped forward to answer their nation’s call and the cry of distress of the youth, by saying “Ayiyikoh” ! (Let’s team together !) to develop their commune, their country, and to increase Africa’s influence across the world.