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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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Check for updates manually using Windows Update
Check for updates manually using Windows Update
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
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Choose "Linpus Lite" to boot the installer
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
Debian GNU/Linux Installer Menu on Surface Go - happy me
Debian GNU/Linux Installer Menu on Surface Go - happy me
"Advanced Startup Options" from Windows Settings allows you to use a USB drive as boot medium

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