Release Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 1.02 with Lilo and UEFI included!

24 mars 2017 Commentaires fermés

On March 20, 2017, the Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the new Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 1.02 (32 and 64 bits), based on Debian 8.7 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 update is released to ease even more the refurbishing workload on all the associations using Emmabuntüs, and on our JerryClan friends in France and Africa who practice intensively the recycling of computer components while they are building their Jerry Do It Together. They are located in Ivory Coast, Togo, Cameroon, in the Ayiyikoh or DouaLablaboratories, and all use Jerrys under Emmabuntüs to develop innovative projects in their respective territories. This new version should also further help those who are running training classes and particularly in Africa : YovoTogoJUMP Lab’Orione, and RAP2S. If you want more details concerning our various cooperations with these associations, please read this interview which summarizes the 5 years of our collective existence.

This new version support our efforts even more efficiently, thanks to this three improvement axis :

  • the solidarity, with the Lilo search engine,
  • the reuse, by supporting the new UEFI standard during the installation,
  • the closure of the digital divide, by giving to the beginners the opportunity to discover an accessible GNU/Linux operating system, in this case based on Debian, with the appropriate documentation. In fact, “The beginner’s handbook” published by our friends of the 3HG Team, are included in this distribution.

Starting immediately and by default, Emmabuntüs uses Lilo, the alternative search engine on the web.

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Yes, Jerry Can in Africa !

22 février 2017 Commentaires fermés

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 NGuessan, 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.

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Ivory Coast JerryClan community during the first JerryMarathon in Attécoubé (Abidjan)

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A Distro For All Seasons

1 novembre 2016 Commentaires fermés

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.

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On September 5 2016, EmmaDE on the roof of the world !

15 septembre 2016 Commentaires fermés

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.

We surely hope also that Emmabuntüs-DE will be used by new projects of refurbishing and education, like was Emmabubtüs 3, and that it will continue to delight the Katmandu’s children in Nepal (The new look of the Akashganga school’s main gate), who had their school main gate repainted with two new mascots, in order to express their gratitude to our distribution, after they received some portable computers donated by Ailleurs-Solidaires and CaLviX asssociations. The DSA center for disabled children in Nepal will also use this new version. After being trained on Emmabuntüs-3, 300 Nepalese children gonna use this new version in the next coming days.

Photo : The new look of Akashganga’ school main gate.

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Montpel’libre : the dragonfly of Liberty, from Equality to Fraternity.

24 août 2016 Commentaires fermés

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 2008, the free software experienced an exponential growth. More and more individuals, companies and institutions adopt this idea. An increasing number of events around the free software germinates around the world with the goal of promoting the Libre Software and defend its interests. Because it must be said that things did not always look so rosy for these missionaries.

The Montpel’libre association was born December 2nd 2008 with the goal to establish – for the free software – a large freedom of usage, an equality in its utilization and the brotherhood needed to link all users together. Since then, this association is comprised of 25 active members, 65 participating members, and a galaxy of volunteers, constantly struggling to demonstrate the high value of the free software as a common good.

In addition, the association also cares about equally important topics like strong social and solidarity economy, social and digital innovation, sustainable development. Hence the great diversity of the members: novice Monpel’librists , designers, lawyers, hikers, gardeners. This diversity demonstrate that the association is not only a network of geeks and computer scientists, but a tremendous asset by itself.

The solidarity which stands out of the digital world activists in general and the members of Montpel’libre in particular, is even more visible during these last days with the unconditional support given to one of them, CELLOU DIALLO, a very active volunteer who was part of the organization team during several Montpel’libre events, and various other associations. One could see all these Libre Software advocates and proponents of the social and community grouping, huddle together – like one herd of antelopes – to defend one of them and let him free of the justice machinery and have his administrative status regularized.

The Montpel’libre team during a free software demo within the Emmaüs community of Montpellier in December 2015.
On the photo, from left to right, are : Cellou, Pascal, Quentin. In the background : Romain, Patrick (of Emmabuntüs) and François (of Multisystem). Missing in the picture : Nicolas et Cédric.

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With THOT for a 2.0 solidarity

21 août 2016 Commentaires fermés

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 …

Actually, is our world nothing but Utopia ?

Since year 2011, the Emmabuntüs collective did set up its own GNU/Linux distribution named Emmabuntüs in order to simplify the refurbishing of aging computers, which are given to humanitarian associations. The first goal of this collective is to expand the life span of the electronic devices, and – by doing so – dramatically reduce their waste. Reminder : only 10% of the waste is recycled.

Hello, I am Emmabuntüs ! Test me out !

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The march of the YovoTogo children toward the digital age

15 août 2016 Commentaires fermés

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.

If you go in the Togolese savanna area, more precisely at Bombouaka, in the Tandjouaré prefecture, you cannot miss the Saint Louis Orione Center which is hosting children with disabilities. This center was set up some 40 years ago aiming at the disable children assistance. I is formed with several buildings dedicated to the administration, the patients reeducation, the teenagers home, the postoperative accommodation, the operating theater, the orthopedic workshop, the boarding school for young and severely disabled children, carpentry and welding apprenticeship workshops, the study hall, the computer room …

After their first visit to Togo, Marie Paule and Claude were extremely moved by the harsh reality this country is facing, ands also because one of the building displayed the name and the picture of her aunt. Since the destiny is changing like a chameleon skin, it seems natural that their feet brought them back here, where their hearts were already staying.

Building displaying the name and the picture of the aunt

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The new look of the Akashganga school’s main gate

11 août 2016 Commentaires fermés

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.

Since then, Emmabuntüs has been adopted by the children, and the school management fully understood its importance as a pedagogic tool, and how much the knowledge of an operating system based on GNU/Linux will bring to the students future life.

To mark her recognition and adhesion to the Libre Software values, the lady Principal of the school had the main gate repainted and decorated with the two penguins you can see on the picture below. She could not think of a better way to express her gratitude, and both the decision and execution were completed in a record time.

Picture by Olivier.Gonzalez.Caen — Personal work, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Emmabuntüs, the Linux for « Ailleurs Solidaires »

25 juillet 2016 Commentaires fermés

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.

The volunteers of the «Ailleurs Solidaires»(*) (1) association have this strong will. This humanitarian and non-profit organization was born 4 years ago in Outstretch (French Normandy area) in order to bring together humanitarian and logistical assistance to the poorest populations, notably in Asian countries, and taking into account the values, the rights and the obligations of everyone; in addition this is accomplish with the support of sister associations like CaLviX (2) and then Emmabuntüs Collective (3).

Photo : «Ailleurs Solidaires» in Aama’s home, Nepal December 2015

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On June 20 2016, the new Emmabuntüs DE is standing up !

20 juin 2016 Commentaires fermés

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.

Keeping in mind the Debian spirit, this version was designed with a strong emphasis on the community aspect, and the support from other community members like : Arpinux and Thuban from the HandyLinux distribution, who adapted their HandySoft/HandyUpdateChecker application to make it in run on EmmaDE, David and Francine from the Doualab, Hélène, Bruno and Jean-Christophe form the Emmabuntüs Collective, Moussa from the Ayiyikoh Incubator, François from Multisystem, Nicolas from Montpel’libre, Idéefixe, Grompf, JPSan and the bloggers Frédéric Bezies and Rodolphe.

Many thanks to all of them for their invaluable help and support.

Image : EmmaDE screen capture with new icons and HandyLinux applications.

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