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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
Using the customised Surface Go (right) for programming, similar to how I work using an iPad Pro (left)
Using the customised Surface Go (right) for programming, similar to how I work using an iPad Pro (left)
Compiling the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours
Compiling the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours
Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation
Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode

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