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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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Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation
Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation
Installation in progress - note the connected network cable
Installation in progress - note the connected network cable
Microsoft Surface Go - an ultra portable 10
Microsoft Surface Go - an ultra portable 10" touch screen tablet computer (with type cover, pen and USB-C to ethernet and USB 3.0 adapter)
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
Using the customised operating system on tablet to create content for this blog
Using the customised operating system on tablet to create content for this blog
"Advanced Startup Options" from Windows Settings allows you to use a USB drive as boot medium

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