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Installing and modifying Debian GNU/Linux on Surface Go

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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Connecting the bootable USB drive to the Surface tablet using the USB-C to USB 3.0 and ethernet dongle
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Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
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