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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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Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
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
Compiling the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours
Compiling the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
"Advanced Startup Options" from Windows Settings allows you to use a USB drive as boot medium
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard

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