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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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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)
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
Connecting the bootable USB drive to the Surface tablet using the USB-C to USB 3.0 and ethernet dongle
Connecting the bootable USB drive to the Surface tablet using the USB-C to USB 3.0 and ethernet dongle
Installation in progress - note the connected network cable
Installation in progress - note the connected network cable
It might take some time, be patient or take photos :-)
It might take some time, be patient or take photos :-)
Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation
Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation

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