Keepod Unite crosses digital divide in Kenya with USB sticks

  • Keepod and NGO LiveInSlums have joined forces on Indiegogo to provide disadvantaged residents of Nairobi, Kenya with inexpensive USB sticks capable of booting refurbished laptops.


According to CNX-Software, the USB flash drives will belong to one person and contain a Linux based operating systems with all files saved in the stick. 

    Meaning, the host computer does not even require a HDD to run the stick, although minimal PC specs do include an x86 processor (32- or 64-bit), 1GB RAM, a graphics card supporting 1024×768 resolution and a USB 2.0 host port.

"The USB stick is flashed with an operating systems similar to Debian, Ubuntu or Mint Live CD image," aCNX-Software writer explained.


["However], the company claims to have put lots of development effort into security, drivers & compatibility, performance, file system reliability, system foot-print, etc."


The $7 USB sticks are preloaded with a wide range of applications, including Google Chrome, Thunderbird, Skype, LibreOffice, VLC, FileZilla, Steam, XMBC, Pixlr and Pidgin.