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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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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
"Advanced Startup Options" from Windows Settings allows you to use a USB drive as boot medium
Debian GNU/Linux Installer Menu on Surface Go - happy me
Debian GNU/Linux Installer Menu on Surface Go - happy me
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
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Choose "Linpus Lite" to boot the installer

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