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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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Compiling the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours
Compiling the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
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Choose "Linpus Lite" to boot the installer
"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

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