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Making my own tablet OS

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 the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours
Compiling the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours
It might take some time, be patient or take photos :-)
It might take some time, be patient or take photos :-)
Installation in progress - note the connected network cable
Installation in progress - note the connected network cable
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows

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