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Install Debian on Surface tablet

Installing and modifying Debian GNU/Linux on Surface tablet

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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"Advanced Startup Options" from Windows Settings allows you to use a USB drive as boot medium
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)
It might take some time, be patient or take photos :-)
It might take some time, be patient or take photos :-)
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
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
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard

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