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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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Extending storage on a Surface Go 2 is possible using a MicroSD card
Extending storage on a Surface Go 2 is possible using a MicroSD card
Three finger swipe to switch workspaces - a trick from macOS - using fusuma you can use multi touch gestures in i3wm
Three finger swipe to switch workspaces - a trick from macOS - using fusuma you can use multi touch gestures in i3wm
Multiple workspaces are very powerful: it’s like switching TV channels
Multiple workspaces are very powerful: it’s like switching TV channels
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
The systemd setting “AllowSuspendThenHibernate” in sleep.conf enables you to define a timeout between suspending to RAM and suspending to disk (hibernation)
The systemd setting “AllowSuspendThenHibernate” in sleep.conf enables you to define a timeout between suspending to RAM and suspending to disk (hibernation)
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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