Communtu has gone open source!

May 8, 2011

Some weeks ago we finally opened Communtu’s source code. After intensive bugfixing and adding new features we decided to publish the source code using the AGPL. Now every interested user can work on the source code, which can be obtained at github following We recommend reading the readme-file before using Communtu locally or on a separate server. If any problems are encountered, feel free to contact us in our IRC channel #en-communtu on

Interested users can also find us at this year’s LinuxTag in Berlin and discuss with us or ask for help if problems are encountered using the Communtu website. As last year, we have a shared booth with the Ubuntu community in hall 7.2a, booth 106. We’re looking forward to your visit!

100 preconfigured bundles in Communtu

February 17, 2010

At the beginning, Communtu only had a few bundles. A few people talked about the programs they had installed on their computers and started to break the programs up into bundles, categorized by tasks, and published these bundles at the webpage. Now we have 100 published bundles in many different categories and the number of published bundles is still going up.

Now one may wonder: what is a “bundle”? A bundle is a selection of programs and libraries, sorted by a specific task. It is possible to specify for which version of Ubuntu (Hardy up to Karmic) and which GUI (Gnome, KDE Plasma, XFCE) a bundle can be used. So a bundle can be configured for every version and installed as a regular metapackage.

One of the published 100 bundles is the bundle “Video (basics)”, which installes codecs for the different GUIs. The main focus of this bundle is to give the user the possibility to watch as many different video formats as possible. The bundle “Action” consists of the top-rated action games from playdeb. The bundle “Analysis and statistics” consists of programs and tools for charts, statistics and analyses.

You can find all published bundles in the menu “Bundle” on the webpage. Bundles can be rated and of course it is free for everyone to create own bundles.

Communtu at the Chemnitzer Linux-Tage

February 4, 2010

As last year, Communtu will be present at this year’s Chemnitzer Linux-Tage. Last year, we introduced the feature of installing a bundle as a metapackage and this year we will introduce the feature of creating individual Ubuntu Live-DVDs. The feature is still in development but will be released on time, so that it is available at the Chemnitzer Linux-Tage. With this feature the user selects the programs that shall be installed and then creates a ISO-file, which contains Ubuntu with the previous selected programs.

The feature of creating individual Live-DVDs has been heavily asked for at last year’s LinuxTag in Berlin by the community. But not everyone has a broadband Internet access to download a DVD. We will face this problem and will provide a solution as we want to give easy access to Ubuntu to everyone.

Review and look-out

January 13, 2010

Year 2009 is over and we’re looking ahead. We used this as an occasion to do some programming for a whole weekand and talked about the last and next milestone.

Our review on our last milestone was very positive. Within three months seven people completed 179 tasks. Our goal of launching the English abstract of Communtu and converting our repository were the main tasks of the last milestone. We successfully created the first Live-DVDs, automatic tests in Communtu have been improved and the first test are already running and with Conny we got a mascot.

At the past weekend we talked about what we want to achieve during the next seven weeks (Communtu will be then at the Chemnitzer Linux-Tage): we want to improve the automatic test and publish the feature of creating individual Live-DVDs. Furthermore we want to introduce groups and user profiles and improve the usability.

We gladly accept your constructive criticism. Get in contact with us via the webpage, via e-mail or in our IRC-channel (#en-communtu) on

Communtu is now available in English

December 14, 2009

Communtu is now available in English. At the LinuxTag 2009 in Berlin we announced the English version of Communtu and now we are able to release it. A comfortable postinstallation and an easy installation by creating bundles with the currently installed programs is now possible in English!

How to use Communtu for a system upgrade

September 16, 2009

The user can perfom a system upgrade with the aid of Communtu. For this, a separate home-partition and root-partition. In Ubuntu, information about the partitioning can be found at “System” -> “Administration” -> “System Monitor” -> “File systems”. If no separate home-partition exists, all files from the personal folder must be saved on a second device to prevent file loss. When all files are saved, you can move on reading this instruction. When installing the new Ubuntu, it is a good idea to create a separate home-partition to save your personal files on.

For the upgrade a file containing the installed programs is needed and can be created in four steps:

1. Go to the “Applications” menu, open “Accessories” and click on “Terminal”.
2. When the terminal is open, enter “cd Desktop” so the file is saved on the desktop.
3. Enter “sudo apt-get install debfoster” (you will be promted to enter you password in order to download and install debfoster).
4. After the installation has finished, run this command:

debfoster -sn | tail -n +2 | tr ‘ ‘ ‘\n’ | sort -u > packages.list

Simply mark the above line, right-click and choose “copy”. To paste the command into the terminal, right-click inside the terminal and choose “paste”. The command should be executed automatically. If this is not the case, just press “return” to execute it.

As soon as the file is created, the cursor reappears. You can now close the terminal with a click on the X in the upper right corner.

The created file “packages.list” contains a list with all installed programs which will be reinstalled after the installation of Ubuntu. The file can be edited to remove programs that are nor longer required.

This list can be uploaded to Communtu. To do so, go to “Bundle”,  “New bundle” and click on “Create bundle from a packages-list”. Follow the instructions to upload the list.

You now have your list uploaded to Communtu. Install Ubuntu with the latest CD into your system’s root partition and after that the bundle containing your previously installed software.

This procedure safes a lot of time and if you go through the packages.list and remove programs not needed anymore before uploading, you can clean up your main menu.

Have fun upgrading your Ubuntu with Communtu.