October 2 2017 EmmaDE2 stretch version
On October 2nd 2017,
EmmaDE 2 1.00
The stretch version !
On October 2nd, 2017, the Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the new Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 2 1.00 (32 and 64 bits), based on Debian 9.1 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 (1).
This release is intended to ease even more the refurbishing workload on all the associations using Emmabuntüs, and on our JerryClan friends in France and in Africa. For more information concerning our current and futures activities, you can read our blog post The Emmabuntüs collective is back to work.
And, if you want even more details concerning our various cooperations with these associations, please read this interview which summarizes the 5 years of our collective existence.
You can watch this video here, with English, Spanish, German, Portuguese or Esperanto subtitles.
This new release of the distribution, implements now the basis of Emmabuntüs DE under Debian 9 Stretch, and improves the UEFI support for the 32 and 64bits architectures.
On the documentation side, it includes the essential "Debian beginner's handbook", updated for the Stretch version by our friends of the 3HG Team led by our mate arpinux ;), and this handbook is available in French and English versions. Also included are our latest presentation and installation tutorials already published on the Developpez.com site, as well as the one for the printer configuration under Debian, also in both French and English languages.
This Debian Edition 2-1.00 version includes the following fixes and enhancements :
- Based on Debian 9.1 Stretch
- UEFI support of the 32bit version in addition to the 64bit
- Selection script for the new wallpapers designed by our friend Odysseus Libre
- Installation menu for the non-free software in the XFCE menu
- Added the book of Odysseus Libre "The square who wanted to become circular" within Calibre, both in French and English version.
- Updated OOo4kids to version 1.5.1, thanks to the precious help of our friend Eric Bachard
- Update of the "Debian beginner's handbook" by our mate arpinux
- HandySoft replaced by Gnome-Software
- Removal of SuperTuxKart and Hedgewars, in order to decrease the size of the distribution.
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 hardware cycle, the most effective action you can take is to limit the environmental impact of these materials by reducing your purchases and by increasing their lifetime !".