Mars 30th, 2015, Emmabuntus 3 celebrates the Freedom Feast

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Mars 30th, 2015
Emmabuntüs 3 celebrates
the Freedom Feast ;-)

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On mars 30th, 2015, the Emmabuntüs Team is pleased to announce the new Emmabuntüs 3 1.01 (32 and 64 bit) based on Xubuntu 14.04.2. This distribution was designed to be used for refurbishing the computers given to humanitarian organizations, especially Emmaüs communities (which is where the distribution's name comes from), and to promote the discovery of GNU/Linux by beginners, as well as to extend the lifespan of hardware to reduce over consumption of raw materials (*).

This new release is designed to improve the efficiency of the refurbishing tasks within the Emmaus communities which use Emmabuntüs, and also for our friends JerryClan in France and Africa (Ivory Coast, Togo, Cameroon, Chad, Benin and Senegal) who smartly practice the hardware re-use by making Jerry Do-It-Together – which also uses Emmabuntüs - to develop locally innovative usages.

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Photo: kindergarten school in the Val-de-Marne featuring 8 computers under Emmabuntüs,
supported by Robert, a member of our community.

This version 1.01 includes the following fixes and enhancements :

  • Based on Xubuntu 14.04.2
  • Plugins update for Firefox, Chromium, Thunderbird
  • Ltools 2.8 extension update within Libre Office
  • Fix of the Calibri font non-installation
  • Addition of Minitube
  • Addition of smb4k
  • The Accessibility category was added. Includes a Virtual Glass Magnifier and a script to ease the cursor customization.
  • Fix of the keyboard mapping back to QWERTY after the install. To avoid this problem, please look at this entry in our FAQ

To ensure a correct installation of Emmabuntüs, we strongly suggest to run it without internet connection, and to reconnect to the network only during the first system restart, when it is time to install (or not) the optional non-free software. Please have a look at How To Install Emmabuntüs 3 on the site.

Pay attention please to the fact that there is still some problems with some graphics cards like the Nvidia C61 GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 with which you must use the proprietary driver otherwise the screen freezes quite often. In addition we recommand to disable the wallpaper during the installation phase, see this entry in our FAQ.

This version will be available from mars 30th 2015, from our homepage:,
but also from this website

We encourage you to give your old computers to charities.

Here are some links to install and to use this distro:
List of applications, Installation, Personalization, but also the traditional F.A.Q

If you have any problems or comments, you can contact us on:
forum, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Diaspora, contact

Note :

According to the ADEME from manufacturing to disposal, through its use, each stage of the life of the computer equipment can be quantified by its environmental impact: making a computer and a screen requires 1.8 tons of resources (240 kg of fossil fuels, 22 kg of chemicals, 1500 liters of water).

For the Ecoinfo's group the priority is to act. Each member of the group does it by himself (purchasing, maintenance, development of networks), but everyone of us can also contribute by his personal behavior. Their conclusion: " if it is already possible to intervene at all stages of the cycle of hardware, the most effective action you can have is to limit the environmental impact of these materials by reducing your purchases and by increasing their life ! ".

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