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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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Debian GNU/Linux with i3wm (“aka WillemOS”) running on Surface Go 2
Debian GNU/Linux with i3wm (“aka WillemOS”) running on Surface Go 2
Configure the LidSwitch (in systemd’s login.conf) to automatically suspend and resume when you close the Surface type cover, I have configured it to suspend-then-hibernate using a timeout
Configure the LidSwitch (in systemd’s login.conf) to automatically suspend and resume when you close the Surface type cover, I have configured it to suspend-then-hibernate using a timeout
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
Selling your iPad Pro is easy if you keep the original boxes - I sold mine in just a few days: enforcing myself to make the new tablet work!
Selling your iPad Pro is easy if you keep the original boxes - I sold mine in just a few days: enforcing myself to make the new tablet work!
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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