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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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Debian GNU/Linux Installer Menu on Surface Go - happy me
Debian GNU/Linux Installer Menu on Surface Go - happy me
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
It might take some time, be patient or take photos :-)
It might take some time, be patient or take photos :-)
Debian GNU/Linux - The universal operating system
Debian GNU/Linux - The universal operating system
"Advanced Startup Options" from Windows Settings allows you to use a USB drive as boot medium
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Compiling my customised Linux kernel

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