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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
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 - The universal operating system
Debian GNU/Linux - The universal operating system
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
It might take some time, be patient or take photos :-)
It might take some time, be patient or take photos :-)
"Advanced Startup Options" from Windows Settings allows you to use a USB drive as boot medium

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