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Install Debian on Surface Go

Installing and modifying Debian GNU/Linux on Surface Go

Mar. 9, 2020 -

For some years now I use a tablet as main computer, I like its versatility. But, most tablets come with a locked down operating system, like iPadOS, Windows 10S or Android. As I like things my own (weird) way, I wondered if I could escape these "software jails" by installing a free operating system on a tablet. It's possible, read along to find out how I escaped!

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Compiling the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours
Compiling the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours
Installation in progress - note the connected network cable
Installation in progress - note the connected network cable
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
Using the customised Surface Go (right) for programming, similar to how I work using an iPad Pro (left)
Using the customised Surface Go (right) for programming, similar to how I work using an iPad Pro (left)
"Advanced Startup Options" from Windows Settings allows you to use a USB drive as boot medium
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode

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