#RaspberryPi – New Raspbian image for 2020-Feb-05

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Hi!

I remember last time I download and updated my Raspberry Pi with the latest Raspbian image, because it was the week before the Caribbean Developers Conference, and I deal with a couple of unexpected issues with the new version.

After the Regional Innovation Summit in Seattle, one of the draft posts that I have is related to a new Raspbian version released on 2020 Feb 05. See Release notes in the references section below. There are a couple of very interesting features here:

File Manager

The File Manager has a couple of new and interesting options. It’s still not as good as Double Commander, but I like the new features. This is the old FM

raspbian file manager before the update

And in the new one we can find that the Places, which allow us to directly access to our most frequent locations, is not collapsed by default. And with this new space, we can access more easily to other resources like USB disks and more.

Another big one, is the [New Folder] icon in the toolbar. Yes, this small one feature makes our lives much more happy! And there are new icons and more.

Code the Classics

Remember that I got my amazing [Code the Classics] book? Now all the samples for the book are included as an option to be downloaded from the Recommended Software in the Games section.

raspbian now includes code the classics in the recommended software

Display Options

I mostly use my device via VNC (which was also updated), however sometimes I got some issues when I connect my device to an external monitor. In the previous configuration, we didn’t have any option to manage this:

In the new version we can enable or disable the following options

  • Underscan
  • Pixel Doubling
  • Composite Video
  • Screen Blanking
raspbian raspberry pi configuration after the update.png

Change Log

The full change log is:

  • Version 3.2.6 of Thonny included – significant improvements in speed, particularly when debugging
  • Version 1.0.4 of Scratch 3 included – adds new “display stage” and “display sprite” blocks to SenseHAT extension, and loading of files from command line
  • Version 32.0.0.314 of Flash player included
  • Version 1.0.3 of NodeRED included
  • Version 6.6.0 of RealVNC Server and version 6.19.923 of RealVNC Viewer included – adds support for audio
  • Version 78.0.3904.108 of Chromium included
  • Mesa updated to 19.3.2 for OpenGL ES 3.1 conformance
  • Pixel doubling option added in Raspberry Pi Configuration on platforms using FKMS display driver
  • Orca screen reader added to Recommended Software
  • Code The Classics Python games added to Recommended Software
  • File manager – new “places” pane added at top of sidebar to show mounted drives in simplified view; “new folder” icon added to taskbar; expanders in directory browser now correctly show state of subfolders
  • Multiple monitor support improved – alignment of icons on second desktop corrected, Appearance Settings opens on correct tab when launched from context menu
  • Raspberry Pi Touchscreen correctly aligned with display
  • System clock synchronised before installing new packages in startup wizard and Recommended Software
  • Mixer dialogs added to taskbar volume plugin; separate Audio Preferences application removed
  • Raspberry Pi Configuration – separate tab added for display options; screen blanking control added
  • Volume taskbar plugin and raspi-config modified to support separate ALSA devices for internal audio outputs (analogue and HDMI 1 and 2)
  • Robustness improvements in volume, ejecter and battery taskbar plugins
  • Movement of mouse pointer to menu button on startup now controlled by point_at_menu parameter in Global section of lxpanel configuration file
  • Ctrl-Alt-Del and Ctrl-Alt-End shortcuts added to open shutdown options box
  • Ctrl-Shift-Esc shortcut added to open task manager
  • Enabled NEON routines in OpenSSL
  • Linux kernel 4.19.93
  • Raspberry Pi firmware 67392a7a32bddad7f571047fccafca9eeb65d29c

How to Update

If you want to update your current existing version, you must run the commands

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Happy coding!

Greetings

El Bruno

References

My posts on Raspberry Pi

Dev posts for Raspberry Pi
Tools and Apps for Raspberry Pi
Setup the device
Hardware

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