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Install Linux 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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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
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
"Advanced Startup Options" from Windows Settings allows you to use a USB drive as boot medium
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
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

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