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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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Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
Debian GNU/Linux Installer Menu on Surface Go - happy me
Debian GNU/Linux Installer Menu on Surface Go - happy me
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Compiling my customised Linux kernel
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
Installation in progress - note the connected network cable
Installation in progress - note the connected network cable

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