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Installing and modifying Debian GNU/Linux on tablet computer

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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The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Check for updates manually using Windows Update
Check for updates manually using Windows Update
You can use another computer to create a bootable USB stick, I used my ThinkPad X1
You can use another computer to create a bootable USB stick, I used my ThinkPad X1
Debian GNU/Linux Installer Menu on Surface Go - happy me
Debian GNU/Linux Installer Menu on Surface Go - happy me
Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation
Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation

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