A New Raspbian for your Raspberry Pi

Your single board computer, the Raspberry Pi or RBPi runs an operating system, or more specifically a Linux OS. Keeping true to its form, the Linux OS comes in umpteen flavors and you can choose and pick the one most suitable to your purpose. Operating Systems are built for the processor in the system, and the most popular so far are the Intel family of processors. Since SBCs generally use the ARM family of processors, a special version of the Linux OS is available for them. Of the many versions of the Linux OS for the ARM processors, the Raspbian is the most popular. A new version of Raspbian is now available.

Although people consider versions of operating systems primarily as updates and bug fixes, the new Raspbian is something more. The existing Jessie image used for the desktops and laptops has been modified and adapted to work with the ARM family of processors. Among the standard applications that come with Raspbian, many have been upgraded to offer newer features.

The new Raspbian offers Sonic Pi, version 2.9. If you view the history section of the Info window in Sonic Pi, you can read the full list of changes. The most important are two new effect functions – all articles of SAM Aaron of The MagPi magazine are now included as part of the online tutorials, and there is a new logging system.

Scratch, at version 20160115, has an improved capability for sound input, and supports the CamJam Edukit 3 robotics board. It offers basic PWM support in its GPIO server, and adds several improvements to the font scaling and display.

You will get the new Mathematica at version 10.3 with added support for additional functionality as described by Stephen Wolfram in his book. It supports Sense HAT, includes several new functions, and adds more interfacing to the Arduino.

WiringPi library has been upgraded to version 2.31 and now it allows access to the GPIO pins without use of the the sudo command from applications that use the library. Another Python library, the Rpi.GPIO is at version 0.6.1, and includes several bug fixes that plagued the GPIO Zero library. Additionally, the ping command does not require sudo anymore.

The ALSA system had earlier made it very difficult to get some USB devices to work as the default output. Now it has a new volume/audio device icon on the taskbar. That allows it to be compatible with a wider range of audio devices than before.

With the improved Main Menu editor, you can now create new menus. Earlier, the LXDE desktop environment did not allow visibility of all other menus, and this has now been addressed to work correctly.

Overclocking options for the RBPi models 1, 2, and Zero boards are now available from the command-line and the RBPi Configuration GUI. Updated language translations are also available for those not using English.

Earlier, there was a wide selection of names in different places such as Trash, Rubbish Bin, and more. Now, the name is consistently Wastebasket everywhere when you set the desktop to British English.