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Install Debian on Surface Go 2

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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Running Firefox (left) and a MOSH/tmux terminal window (right) in splitscreen using the i3wm tiling window manager
Running Firefox (left) and a MOSH/tmux terminal window (right) in splitscreen using the i3wm tiling window manager
Installing the SIM in the Surface Go 2 tablet
Installing the SIM in the Surface Go 2 tablet
Microsoft Surface hardware is popular because it’s genuinely nice
Microsoft Surface hardware is popular because it’s genuinely nice
The kickstand is brilliant in combination with Xournal and the Surface Pen - no iPad can do this
The kickstand is brilliant in combination with Xournal and the Surface Pen - no iPad can do this
It is light enough to handle with one hand - you can read the gyroscope sensor to automatically rotate the display - useful when reading an (interesting) article
It is light enough to handle with one hand - you can read the gyroscope sensor to automatically rotate the display - useful when reading an (interesting) article
The Surface Go 2 is a serious tool, capable of powerful things when you connect to the cloud (using a terminal, MOSH and tmux)
The Surface Go 2 is a serious tool, capable of powerful things when you connect to the cloud (using a terminal, MOSH and tmux)

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