On June 21st 2021, the Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the new Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 RC1 (32 and 64 bits), based on the Debian 11 RC2 Bullseye distribution and supporting both XFCE and LXQt desktop environments.
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 over-consumption of raw materials.
This update of our new distribution takes up the basis of Emmabuntüs DE3 under Debian 11 Bullseye, and its latest changes concerning the removal of proprietary software in favor of free alternatives, like DWService replacing Teamviewer, Jami replacing Skype and the complete deletion of Adobe Flash.
This version exhibits the new Ice graphic theme created by Juliette Taka, the graphic artist who realized numerous wallpapers for Debian, as well as a renovated logo, which new look was designed by Jean-Claude aka JCZ, who was also part of the Debian wallpapers projects. We want to warmly thank them here, for their outstanding graphic contribution to the Emmabuntüs DE4 distribution, and concerning both the dark and light themes. In order to learn more about them, we conducted two interviews with them wehre they talk about their commitment to free software, and that you can access on our blog, look after Juliette, and Jean-Claude.
Emma DE4 login screen with the renovated logo and the new Ice theme
This RC1 version includes the following fixes and enhancements :
- Based on Debian 11 Bullseye RC2
- Added new Ice theme splash wallpapers designed by Juliette Taka
- Renovated Emmabuntüs logo designed by JCZ
- Added activation of automatic updates for security packages
- Replaced Teamviewer by DWService
- Replaced Skype by Jami
- Replaced PulseEffects by PulseAudio-Equalizer
- Installation of FreeTube via Internet
- Removed the obsolete Adobe Flash
- Updated: Firefox ESR 78.11.0, Thunderbird 78.11.0, boot-repair 4ppa130, Multisystem 1.0455, Ancestris 11-20210529
Note : There is currently an issue with the version 78.11.0 of Thunderbird, which does not allow you to open a connection to Gmail accounts, nor potentially to other web mail accounts requiring secured communication protocols. This prevents both the creation of new Gmail accounts, and the access to mails of already existing accounts. This issue is the result of a Thunderbird update to version 78.11.0 under Debian 11. A temporary workaround is available within our tutorial here.
As of June 21st 2021, this version can be downloaded from our emmabuntus.org site, or by using the alternate link download.emmabuntus.org.