Emmabuntus 2.1.01 Review

Emmabuntus 2.1.01 Review

Today we review a fresh Linux distribution from France called Emmabuntüs. Their first major release of Emmabuntüs 2 1.01 is based on Xubuntu12.04. This distro was designed to facilitate the refurbishing of computers given to human help associations, especially Emmaüs communities (where the name comes from) and promote the discovering of Linux and GNU by beginners. The goal of this thousandth Linux distro is intended to be sleek, accessible, equitable.


The installation progresses similar to Ubuntu. Nothing new that you are unfamiliar with. However  you must be prepared to wait  a lot, since the full installation of Emmabuntus needs nor 4GB, or 8GB but 15GB free disk space. The installation time is based upon your computer’s performance; estimated from 10  to  30 minutes. Grab a coffee, sit back and relax.

Non-Free software included

Upon the completion of installation, a window should pop up at your screen, asking you what non-free software would you like to include into your system. Pretty easy click-n-install process, just pick up your favourite apps and proceed.

The Desktop

This is  what you get when Emmabuntus logs in. A funny wallpaper spreading the message “Linux For All” and below a OS X style meny, spoofed with Cairo. What a nice touch! This is an elegant, fast and browse friendly menu.

However we find a bug, that if you try customize your desktop and thus change the color scheme, this beautiful cairo menu vanishes while you have to manually awake it.


Emmabuntus comes with a huge pack of software and utilities pre-installed. Let’s unwrap the packages and take a look inside:

Communications: Thunderbird, Evolution, Chromium, Pidgin, aMSN, Skype, Ekiga, Softphone, Empathy, XChatIRC, FileZilla, Transmission, Wammu, Ubuntu One, Google-Docs, DropBox, Framapad.

Office: Dictionaries, AbiWord, Gnumeric, Document Viewer, Libre Office, Iciwix, Calibre, E-Book Reader, Geany, Notes, YAGF, Onboard Settings

Audio: Sound Converter, Sound Juicer, EasyTah, gPodder, Audacity, Pulse Audio, Clementine, Audacious, Rhythbox

Video: MythUbuntu Control Center, WinFF, OpenShot Video Editor, Cheese, SMPlayer, VLC media player

Photo: Pint, gThumb, GIMP Image Editor, Simple Scan, GNOME Photo Printer, DigiKam, Shotwell, Fotoxx, Picasa

Brun: gCDEmu, Efburn, Brasero, K3b

Interest: Wrmux, Tuxguitar, SuperTuxkart, SuperTux2, Celestia, Stellarioum, Belooted, Dominos, PlayOnLinux, SweetHome3D, Gramps Genealogy, HomeBank

Utilities: WifiRadar, Mint-Wifi, Network Connections, Calculator, Catfist, NumLock,Gparted

Maintenance: TeamViewer, Firewall Configuration, Update Manager, OS Unistaller, Ubuntu Tweak, Task Manager, Ubuntu Software center and others.

There are many more applications installed, but there is no point printing you out the whole system. If you like it, download and try it via a Virtual Machine.

Update manager

The update process is automatically maintained as always in Ubuntu. Clever message box notifications should pop up when it’s needed to warn your about anything. However, having so much software installed it was inevitable to avoid conflicts, thus it is upon the user’s experience to select Yes or No when the problem comes up.

Our choices led us into an unexpected CPU load behaviour. This is something that requires attention for the Emmabuntus developers. Our choices were “Yes to All” as everyone noob user should probably come up with such option.


As another Xubuntu based distribution, it is commonly expected to experience a fast and lightweight environment. Although things don’t seem to work that fast here, since Emmabuntus comes with a 15GB of applications and utilities making the system’s overall experience one-click slower than it was expected. No mistake here, Emmabuntus is aiming to bring you all the coolest stuff that you might need (or not) someday, thus you need a modern computer with 4GB RAM and dual core processor to feel the fresh air in your desktop.

The Verdict

Our experience with Emmabuntus 2.1.01 for five days was okay, not good nor bad. It was exciting to see all these packages there  waiting for you to explore them. System configuration is not meant to be changed, but leave it alone playing by default, since there are so many options that could easily be translated into a bug (such as vanishing the Cairo menu bar). However, an experienced user can easily overcome these problems, but if this distro is intended for beginners then might be a problem. All in all, we think that Emmabuntus needs to be improved in order to be widely used for the public but it’s totally recommended to taste it in a Virtual Machine.  We wish you the best and may the source be with you :)

Last but not least, check out this video:


  • http://twitter.com/Emmabuntus Collectif Emmabuntüs

    Hi Panos,

    Thank you for your review of Emmabuntüs, but I do not agree with you on the necessity to have a machine with 4GB of RAM and dual core processor, runs on Emmabuntüs 2 because even Semprom XP1700 + (CPU 1.4 GHz) with 512 MB ​​RAM, see http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/emmubuntu/index.php?title=June_6_th,_2012,_the_Emmabunt%C3%BCs_2_finally_arrived

    but the review made ​​by Linux notes from DarkDuck : http://linuxblog.darkduck.com/2012/08/emmabuntus-2-all-inclusive-french-resort.html either he finds Emmabuntüs 2 live and faster than Xubuntu on the hard disk.

    This problem comes from the CPU overload caused the color change bug !


    Patrick d’Emmabuntüs

  • http://www.facebook.com/collectif.emmabuntus Collectif Emmabuntüs

    The collective
    Emmabuntüs announced on September 21, the output of the first
    maintenance release of the Emmabuntüs 2, based on Xubuntu 12.04.1.
    This distribution allows the rapid repair of computers and the
    discovery of Linux for beginners. Software included in this release:
    The Linux
    kernel 3.2 ;
    Thunar 1.2 ; Firefox 15.0 ; Chromium 18.0 ;
    Thunderbird 15.0 ; Pidgin 2.10 ; LibreOffice 3.5 ;
    Calibre 0.8 ; Kiwix 0.9 ; Clementine 1.0 ; Sound
    Juicer 3.4 ; Smplayer 0.7 ; GIMP 2.6 ;
    Pinta 1.1; Wine 1.4 ; K3b 2.0 ; gCDEmu 1.5 ;
    Ooo4Kids 1.3 ; HPLIP 3.12 ; PlayonLinux 4.1 ; and
    Cairo-Dock 3.0.2 for the management of the whole, and more than 60
    software and extensions included. Emmabuntüs 2
    is distributed as a DVD image only for 32-bit architecture. Download:
    (3.3 Go, torrent,
    MD5, SHA1,
    List of packages);
    Personalization ;

  • earthman34

    Is this bug fixed?

  • Michel Fleuri

    Have just installed this Emmaus distro on an Acer Atom One AOA150 – 160GB hd and 1GB ram. It seems to work fine. I also prefer the “dock” provided with Emmabuntus to the Gnome 3 desktop and I will probably give it a try on some of the PCs which I refurbish and give away to “computerise” old folks and youngsters alike. Banks and insurance companies discard so much really good stuff, just because a certain, a well known operating system swallows up more and more resources, in order to maintain its throttle-hold on users! I normally use Mint Linux but it does no harm to try different flavours of Linux. Emmaus is an organisation which does a massive amount of good for the homeless and less fortunate around the World – it was founded by the late Abbé Pierre in 1949 (lots about the organisation on the net – it’s worth a read). In order to raise some of their funding, the organisation operate depots where the public can gift unwanted furniture etc., and also purchase anything else they fancy. Rather like a “dépôt-vente” but with one direction cash/cheque transactions only!

    I just hope that the introduction of UEFI motherboards with MS “approved keys”, does not make life too difficult for Emmaus when refurbishing PC’s.

    One final observation; Emma Buntus – a blonde or brunette?????

    Long live Emmaus, long live Linux!

  • Collectif Emmabuntüs

    Hi Panos,

    I wish you a Happy New Year 2014, and I have the please to announce the first release of Emmabuntüs 2 64-bit 1.06:


    All international reviews are here: http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=emmabuntus