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Making my own tablet OS

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
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
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 my customised Linux kernel
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation
Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation
Compiling the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours
Compiling the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours

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