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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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Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
It might take some time, be patient or take photos :-)
It might take some time, be patient or take photos :-)
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
Check for updates manually using Windows Update
Check for updates manually using Windows Update
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)
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app

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