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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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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 :-)
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
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation
Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation

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