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Installing and modifying Debian GNU/Linux on Surface tablet

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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Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
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
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)
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
"Advanced Startup Options" from Windows Settings allows you to use a USB drive as boot medium

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