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Emmabuntus – A Linux Distro Built Specifically For Old Computers

Emmabuntus Linux Distro
Written by Aaron Kili

Emmabuntus is a lightweight and beginner-friendly GNU/Linux distro that has been built to work specifically on old computers intended for reuse. It is based on the popular Xubuntu 12.04 and 14.04 LTS (Long Term Support).

There are two main reasons for its development – the first is to help power old machines meant for humanitarian purposes so as to encourage the use of GNU/Linux in places where people can not afford new computers. Secondly, to boost the lifetime of old hardware, and importantly to reduce over consumption and waste of electronics.

Features of Emmabuntus

It provides a non-profit, live mode ISO on DVD and USB to easily revamp an old machine running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7. And allows users to choose which proprietary applications such as Flash, Codecs and Skype to install, all bundled within the ISO.

Users do not need an Internet connection during the installation process, since everything is included in the distro. Additionally, it ships in with over 60 extra applications.

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Other notable features are listed below:

  • it comes with several pre-configured applications for daily use
  • enables easy installation of non-free applications and media codecs
  • applications are launched from a dockbar
  • enables quick setup of applications using automated scripts
  • it supports 6 major international languages that is English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and German
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Hardware Requirements for Emmabuntus

  • Processor type: Intel or AMD(from 1.4GHz)
  • RAM Size: Atleast 512 MB, however, 1GB is recommended
  • Hard disk Size: Atleast 20GB, plus additional space for installing applications
  • Video Card: nVidia, ATI, Intel, Sis and Matrox
  • Sound Card: Sound Blaster, AC97 or HDA compatible
  • Additional: DVD drive or support for booting from USB

Visit: Emmabuntus Homepage

Do you have any old computer(s) lying around? Then you can put them back into productive use by installing Emmabuntus on them. What is your take on this Linux distro, that is if you have used it before, share your thoughts with us via the comment section below.

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Aaron Kili

A Computer Science graduate who is most enthusiastic about Linux and FOSS. Aaron has been using Linux for over two years now and loves to share his ideas and knowledge he's acquired with other Linux users around the world.

  • MikeF

    I’m all for repurposing older computers but there are often crippliing limitations:
    – High power consumption. Better hope your electric rates are dirt cheap.
    – Lack of CPU SSE2 instructions. Most modern web browsers (except Firefox) are compiled with this requirement.
    – Less 32 bit software available. Some distros and independent software developers don’t distribute for 32 bit CPUs any more.
    – Lack of expandable memory. I can live with the CPU on my 10 y/o laptop, but using modern software with 2MB of RAM is often painful. Think single tasking in the ancient Win 3.1 days.

    • @mf900:disqus

      The limitations you have mentioned are so true, many developers are now focused on building for latest hardware designs. That is understandable from a business point of view, as you mentioned, there is again less support for 32-bit software(platform in general).

      But for people like you and myself plus many others out there who still have the old computers for reuse, it will be so hard a battle to fight, but Linux distros such as Emmabuntus can always come in handy to help solve some of these issues. Especially dealing with hardware requirements and 32-bit software support and a lot more.

      Last but not least, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

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