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Install Linux 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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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
Check for updates manually using Windows Update
Check for updates manually using Windows Update
Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation
Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation
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
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

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