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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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"Advanced Startup Options" from Windows Settings allows you to use a USB drive as boot medium
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
Debian GNU/Linux - The universal operating system
Debian GNU/Linux - The universal operating system
Microsoft Surface Go - an ultra portable 10
Microsoft Surface Go - an ultra portable 10" touch screen tablet computer (with type cover, pen and USB-C to ethernet and USB 3.0 adapter)
Compiling the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours
Compiling the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours
Installation in progress - note the connected network cable
Installation in progress - note the connected network cable

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