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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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Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
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)
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation
Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation
Debian GNU/Linux - The universal operating system
Debian GNU/Linux - The universal operating system
Using the customised Surface Go (right) for programming, similar to how I work using an iPad Pro (left)
Using the customised Surface Go (right) for programming, similar to how I work using an iPad Pro (left)

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