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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
Check for updates manually using Windows Update
Check for updates manually using Windows Update
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
You can use another computer to create a bootable USB stick, I used my ThinkPad X1
You can use another computer to create a bootable USB stick, I used my ThinkPad X1
Installation in progress - note the connected network cable
Installation in progress - note the connected network cable

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