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Using a tiling window manager on Microsoft Surface

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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Installing Debian GNU/Linux on Surface Go 2 is very similar to the original Surface Go
Installing Debian GNU/Linux on Surface Go 2 is very similar to the original Surface Go
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
Surface Pen is great and when you configure Xournal to use Xinput the pressure sensitivity works perfectly: you can see the thickness of the line vary, just like a real pen
Surface Pen is great and when you configure Xournal to use Xinput the pressure sensitivity works perfectly: you can see the thickness of the line vary, just like a real pen
Network Manager (nm-applet) automatically switches between WiFi and mobile broadband connections
Network Manager (nm-applet) automatically switches between WiFi and mobile broadband connections
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
Reading mails in Evolution works well!
Reading mails in Evolution works well!

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