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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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Installation in progress - note the connected network cable
Installation in progress - note the connected network cable
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
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
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
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)
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Compiling my customised Linux kernel

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