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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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The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
Using the customised operating system on tablet to create content for this blog
Using the customised operating system on tablet to create content for this blog
Debian GNU/Linux Installer Menu on Surface Go - happy me
Debian GNU/Linux Installer Menu on Surface Go - happy me
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
Compiling the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours
Compiling the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Compiling my customised Linux kernel

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