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Emmabuntüs 2

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This distribution is suitable for machines with at least a Pentium 4 running at 1.4 GHz, 384 MB RAM and 20GB of free disk space for installation. It has been developped to allow to recondition machines within the Emmaus Communities of  :

Home Desktop of Emmabuntüs 2

See the release announcement :
August 4th, 2012, the Emmabuntüs 2 continues its Free revolution ;-)
July 14th, 2012, the Emmabuntüs 2 make its Free revolution ;-)

Direct link to download the current version here (~3.0 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 :

  • included remarkable software in this distribution


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.

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)

Equitable : Automatic backup script for MBR during installation.



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

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

Ghostery : Protects your privacy on the web ;-)

Syncplaces : Can synchronize your bookmarks and passwords between your browser.

Mail readers

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 !
  • AMSN : A free close of MSN Messenger. Microsoft keeping its MSN protocol closed and regularly changing, some functionality may at any time no longer work with aMSN. For example, modified March 2010 audio calls made ​​impossible with all clients MSN released before September 2010.

File Transfer

Wammu : Tool for managing many mobile phones

Collaborative work

Framapad : The collaborative online text editor, made ​​available by Framasoft using the code EtherPad

Google-docs : Online and collaborative suit

Online Storage

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

Dropbox : An online storage and sharing copies of local files


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

LibreOffice : The truly free Office suite ...

  • Verbiste : To review its french conjugations ;-)

Geany : An editor tailored for developers

Calibre : is e-book reader that organizes, saves and manages e-books, supporting a variety of formats

FBReader : A book reader ePub format

Kiwix : The offline reader Wikipedia


  • Rhythmbox : The music player of the Gnome project

Clementine : Music player and modern manager of your music library

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

Sound Juicer : Rip your audio CDs freely;-)

Sound Converter : is a small program that is designed to easily convert batches of audio files into other formats

PulseAudio Equalizer : is a 15 bands graphic equalizer for adjusting the sound of your system


VLC media player (VideoLan Client) : The best solution for watching video broadcast without codec

SMplayer : Media player very simple and practical, yet comprehensive

  • 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

Openshot : Video editor of new generation of non-linear video editing

WinFF  : Encode easily your videos


  • 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

Gimp : The king of image editors of the Free World


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

gCDEmu : CD/DVD Emulator


  • 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

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)

WarMUX : is a free and open-source game in the genre of "turn-based artillery games"


  • 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

OOo4Kids : Finally an adapted office tool for students and children!


HPLIP : HP printers drivers

xl-wallpaper : is a very lightweight wallpapers changer


Ubuntu Tweak : System management and cleaning software

BleachBit : quickly frees disk space and tirelessly guards your privacy

MultiSystem : With MultiSystem, simply create your MultiBoot LiveUSB

  • Sysinfo : Some info on your system: CPU, RAM, peripherals, etc.
  • Gparted : To partition your disks

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)

TeamViewer : Non-free software for viewing and controlling a remote computer via Internet

MintWifi : Command line utility to configure the WiFi card, from the Linux Mint distribution

Gufw : GUI for configuring the firewall installed by default in Ubuntu: UFW

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 :

Artistic credits

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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