Emmabuntüs 2

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This distribution is suitable for machines with at least a Pentium 4 running at 1.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM and 20GB of free disk space for installation. For use in live mode or in a virtual machine, it is necessary to have at least 1 GB of RAM, for more information on this subject see the F.A.Q.

It has been developped to allow to recondition machines within the Emmaus Communities of  :

Home Desktop of Emmabuntüs 2

See the release announcements :
December 18th, 2014, Emmabuntüs 2 joined the campaign « Ungoogle Internet »
February 24th, 2014, Emmabuntüs 2 gives a second life to computers classroom background
In 2014, Emmabuntüs 2 gives a second life to 64-bit computers
November 18th, 2013, Emmabuntüs 2 gives a second life to old computers
July 21st, 2013, Emmabuntüs 2 celebrates M-Pregnancy ;-)
April 1st, 2013, Emmabuntüs 2 celebrates Software Freedom Day ;-)
December 8th, 2012, the Emmabuntüs 2 celebrates Al-Jerry ;-)
September 21th, 2012, the Emmabuntüs 2 celebrates Free in peace ;-)
August 4th, 2012, the Emmabuntüs 2 continues its Free revolution ;-)
July 14th, 2012, the Emmabuntüs 2 make its Free revolution ;-)
June 6th, 2012, the Emmabuntüs 2 finally arrived

Direct link to download the current version here (~3.3 GB, MD5, SHA1, List of packages)
Direct link to download the current 64-bit version here (~3.3 GB, MD5, SHA1, List of packages)
For older versions see here.


Software credits

I especially want to thank the websites Framasoft and Ubuntu for their admirable work, without which this refurbished PC would not have been possible.

Remark : The Software preceded the following symbols :

  • Etoile++++256.png and marked in bold have been added on the 1.05 version, see l'advertisement
  • Etoile+++256.png and marked in bold have been added on the 1.04 version, see l'advertisement
  • Etoile++256.png and marked in bold have been added on the 1.03 version, see l'advertisement
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Etoile+256.png Xubuntu 12.04 « Precise Pangolin » : A variant of Ubuntu, using the same basic concepts, Ubuntu is lighter, can be installed on computers rather old, and with poor hardware. The most visible difference is the use of lightweight desktop environment Xfce instead of Unity.

Etoile+++256.png LXDE/OpenBox : Additional environment included in this release to extend the capabilities of reconditioning machines, see its implementation in FAQ

Etoile-128.png Cairo-Dock : Application launch bar animated (or dock, how to Mac OS X) making accessible all the software described below on the desktop.

In this version the dock is available in seven languages:

  • English (En)
  • French (Fr)
  • Spanish (Es)
  • Arabic (Ar)
  • German (De)
  • Italian (It)
  • Portuguese (Pt)

Etoile-128.png Equitable : Automatic backup script for MBR during installation.


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Etoile-128.png Mozilla Firefox : The preferred browser of the editorial board!

  • Chromium : The free (as free speech) Web browser based on Google Chrome

Extensions included in the browsers

  • Firefox Flash player : is a plugin or a standalone media player using the Flash technique. It's not free, but unfortunately necessary while waiting for the HTML5
  • Moonlight is a free and open source implementation of Silverlight, to visualize some public channels TVs for example :-(
  • Adblock Plus : is used to filter the content of web pages in order to block certain elements, especially banner ads
  • All-in-One Gestures : allows the control the navigation only with the mouse

Etoile+256.png Blocksi : Finally the parental controls is built into Internet browsers. Remember to configure this extension, and to block access by password ;-)

Etoile+256.png Ghostery : Protects your privacy on the web ;-)

Etoile+256.png Syncplaces : Can synchronize your bookmarks and passwords between your browser.

Etoile+++256.png Public Fox : to facilitate parental control in Emmabuntüs 2

Mail readers

Etoile-128.png Mozilla Thunderbird : Probably the mail handler who will forget Out...

  • Evolution : The Gnome email client including address book, calendar, portal information

Instant Messaging

  • Pidgin (ex Gaim) : The instant messaging client, multi-protocol
  • Skype : is a proprietary software based on a closed communication protocol, which raises ethical and safety (Skype is banned in French universities) concerns. Free alternatives exist : Ekiga and Empathy.
  • Ekiga : Ekiga (ex Gnomeeting), The Free IP Telephony !

File Transfer

Etoile+256.png Wammu : Tool for managing many mobile phones

Etoile++++256.png qBittorrent : Bittorrent client very light

Collaborative work

Etoile+256.png Framapad : The collaborative online text editor, made ​​available by Framasoft using the code EtherPad

Etoile+256.png Google-docs : Online and collaborative suit

Online Storage

Etoile+256.png UbuntuOne : Service for synchronizing and sharing your images, music, contacts and notes between all your computers and mobile devices using a personal storage space on the Web provided by canonical

Etoile+256.png Dropbox : An online storage and sharing copies of local files


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  • AbiWord : An excellent lightweight free word processor very effective for beginners
  • Gnumeric : The most excellent spreadsheet of the world Gnome

Etoile-128.png LibreOffice : The truly free Office suite ... including grammar checker LanguageTool

  • Verbiste : To review its french conjugations ;-)

Etoile+256.png Geany : An editor tailored for developers

Etoile+256.png Calibre : is e-book reader that organizes, saves and manages e-books, supporting a variety of formats

Etoile-128.png FBReader : A book reader ePub format

Etoile-128.png Kiwix : The offline reader Wikipedia


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  • Rhythmbox : The music player of the Gnome project

Etoile-128.png Clementine : Music player and modern manager of your music library

Etoile+256.png Easytag : A tag editor for audio files offer a simple and concise, especially using the freedb database to retrieve the music news

Etoile+256.png Sound Juicer : Rip your audio CDs freely;-)

Etoile+256.png Sound Converter : is a small program that is designed to easily convert batches of audio files into other formats

Etoile+256.png PulseAudio Equalizer : is a 15 bands graphic equalizer for adjusting the sound of your system

Etoile++256.png Radio Tray : Online radio streaming player


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Etoile-128.png VLC media player (VideoLan Client) : The best solution for watching video broadcast without codec

Etoile++++256.png Kaffeine : Media player very complete

  • Movie Player (Totem) : The Gnome interface video player, it is installed by default and thus benefits a very good integration
  • Cheese : Smile and say « cheese » !
  • MythTV : Digital recording software (Analog, Digital, WebTV, etc.) expandable to a station via a comprehensive multimedia system extensions

Etoile+256.png Openshot : Video editor of new generation of non-linear video editing

Etoile+256.png WinFF  : Encode easily your videos

Etoile++256.png KDEnLive : is an intuitive and powerful multi-track video editor

Etoile++256.png Arista : Video conversion software which supports many formats

Etoile++256.png RecordMyDesktop : Software to make screencast, that is to say, capture a video of what is happening on your desktop


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  • Shotwell : Organizing images designed for Gnome and F-Spot
  • Picasa : Software image management, visualization and organization on the Web, but not so Free :(
  • Fotoxx : A simple software management and photo editing
  • DigiKam : A new generation photo manager

Etoile+256.png Gimp : The king of image editors of the Free World

Etoile++256.png Inkscape : Open Source vector graphics editor


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  • K3b : Perhaps the best reference for burning in Linux
  • Brasero : The Gnome project burner software
  • Xfburn : The burner software included in the environment XFCE

Etoile+256.png gCDEmu : CD/DVD Emulator


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  • HomeBank : Manage your personal finance easily !
  • Gramps : And what if we create a family tree ?
  • SweetHome3D : Virtual interior design software
  • Stellarium : A planetarium platform for exploring the night sky
  • Celestia : A special astronomy software

Etoile-128.png PlayOnLinux : To install games coming from proprietary OS-blind ;-)

  • SuperTux2 : Super Mario with penguins !!!
  • SuperTuxKart : Tux is back in a "Mario Kart Like" ... or "This is not because it is a Ekart need to deviate"
  • TuxGuitar : Software for creating and playing guitar tablature
  • Belooted : To play cards alone or with friends
  • Dominos : To play dominoes, but you have already guessed !!! (Does not work on a 16/9 screen)

Etoile+256.png WarMUX : is a free and open-source game in the genre of "turn-based artillery games"


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  • TuxPaint : Drawing learning for the young and those that still believe to be.
  • TuxMath : To learn or to relearn our multiplication tables
  • TuxTyping : Learn to type with the mascot of linux
  • OmniTux : Following edutainment software
  • GCompris : Excellent educational software (2 to 10 years old approx.)
  • PySyCache : Mouse usage learning software for kids
  • ChildsPlay : A series of edutainment activities from 3 years old.
  • Le Terrier : Educationnal package for children
  • Mister Patato (KTuberling) : To rediscover Mr. Potato

Etoile-128.png OOo4Kids : Finally an adapted office tool for students and children!


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Etoile-128.png HPLIP : HP printers drivers

Etoile+256.png xl-wallpaper : is a very lightweight wallpapers changer

Etoile++256.png ARandR : Tool to manage the display settings of your screens

Etoile++256.png Caffeine : to disable the screensaver while watching a movie. Available under Xubuntu Menu (top left of the screen) -> Accessories -> Caffeine and settings in the Systray


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Etoile-128.png Ubuntu Tweak : System management and cleaning software

Etoile+256.png BleachBit : quickly frees disk space and tirelessly guards your privacy

Etoile-128.png MultiSystem : With MultiSystem, simply create your MultiBoot LiveUSB

  • Sysinfo : Some info on your system: CPU, RAM, peripherals, etc.
  • Htop : System Monitor with interface
  • Gparted : To partition your disks

Etoile+256.png Déjà Dup : Very simple backup utility. It aims to hide the complexities relating to the proper way to make backup copies (encryption, backups or local network, frequency of taking backups)

Etoile+256.png TeamViewer : Non-free software for viewing and controlling a remote computer via Internet

Etoile+256.png MintWifi : Command line utility to configure the WiFi card, from the Linux Mint distribution

Etoile+256.png Gufw : GUI for configuring the firewall installed by default in Ubuntu: UFW

Etoile+256.png MintNanny : Tool to create blacklists of domain names in order to secure the network. It comes from the Linux Mint distribution

Remark : Descriptions of the above software comes from the following sites :


I also want to thank the artists for their wonderful work, and many elements, artworks that are reproduced here or included on the DVD distribution.

See details on the French version


I want to thank for their support, their aid, and encouragement all members of the Collective Emmabuntüs, without whom this adventure would not have been possible.

See details on the French version

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