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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
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)
It’s a tiny computer, but it is incredibly powerful and versatile!
It’s a tiny computer, but it is incredibly powerful and versatile!
Reading mails in Evolution works well!
Reading mails in Evolution works well!
The back of the Surface has no extruding camera lens which allows the tablet to lay perfectly flat on a table - as it should!
The back of the Surface has no extruding camera lens which allows the tablet to lay perfectly flat on a table - as it should!
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

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