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Creating the ultimate Linux tablet

Using Surface Go 2 with 4G/LTE, Debian GNU/Linux and i3wm

Sep. 28, 2020 -

Earlier this year I tried to create my own tablet operating system by installing Debian GNU/Linux on a Microsoft Surface Go tablet. I learned a great deal about what I like about tablets. But I still preferred my iPad Pro, mainly because of its polished user experience. This time I set out to refine my tablet software to replace my iPad.

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Shotwell (left) and Xournal (right) - two very different apps running side by side, looking visually coherent
Shotwell (left) and Xournal (right) - two very different apps running side by side, looking visually coherent
You can use a Bluetooth keyboard, too - enabling a comfortable distance between your eyes and display
You can use a Bluetooth keyboard, too - enabling a comfortable distance between your eyes and display
Network Manager (nm-applet) automatically switches between WiFi and mobile broadband connections
Network Manager (nm-applet) automatically switches between WiFi and mobile broadband connections
Reading mails in Evolution works well!
Reading mails in Evolution works well!
While USB-C is the future, the Surface connector port is quite handy as it works with Surface Dock 2 (that offers a ton of connectivity)
While USB-C is the future, the Surface connector port is quite handy as it works with Surface Dock 2 (that offers a ton of connectivity)
The kickstand is very sturdy as it uses two strong metal hinges
The kickstand is very sturdy as it uses two strong metal hinges

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