I was poking around on Kunnafoni to see what they are up to. Check out la Source (“the spring”) a kiosk that makes software and media available for installation onto USB keys.
My readers are English speaking, so I will include subtitles for the video here. Adjust your windows so you can see both and click play!
- Hello, really!
- How’s it going?
- I’ve come to talk about la Source that I heard about the other day. It’s that?
- In there I can find programs, books, and videos for my mobile phone and my laptop computer?
- Yes. (he demos it)
- Do you have pirate programs in there?
- No! They are free programs, distributed for free. If you are an IT guy, you can even change them
- But how do I get the file?
- You choose ok, you transfer it onto your key, and you give me 100 francs. (20 cents, US)
- But you said it was free!
- Right, but I’m making it faster and easier for you to download!
- OK. Can you give me other stuff?
- In la Source you can also find movies and books (fiction, non-fiction, classics).
- Thanks Moussa! I will come back and buy something even bigger.
This is what I was talking about on Aid Worker Daily: Open Source lets people adapt software to the circumstances they find in their culture.
Update: I found a blog posting on AfriGadget about it, and it includes a nice video from France24.