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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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Connecting the bootable USB drive to the Surface tablet using the USB-C to USB 3.0 and ethernet dongle
Connecting the bootable USB drive to the Surface tablet using the USB-C to USB 3.0 and ethernet dongle
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
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
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Choose "Linpus Lite" to boot the installer
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

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