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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
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
Resetting the buffers of the Surface broadband modem allowed it to work with Debian GNU/Linux!
Resetting the buffers of the Surface broadband modem allowed it to work with Debian GNU/Linux!
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!
Multiple workspaces are very powerful: it’s like switching TV channels
Multiple workspaces are very powerful: it’s like switching TV channels
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

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