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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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The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
The 'onboard' virtual keyboard
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Using the customised Surface Go (right) for programming, similar to how I work using an iPad Pro (left)
Using the customised Surface Go (right) for programming, similar to how I work using an iPad Pro (left)
It might take some time, be patient or take photos :-)
It might take some time, be patient or take photos :-)
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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