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.