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Using i3wm on Surface Go 2

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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Microsoft Surface Go 2 with black type cover and Surface Pen - a nice piece of hardware!
Microsoft Surface Go 2 with black type cover and Surface Pen - a nice piece of hardware!
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)
Network Manager (nm-applet) automatically switches between WiFi and mobile broadband connections
Network Manager (nm-applet) automatically switches between WiFi and mobile broadband connections
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
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
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

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