Rasbian Switching From Debian to Linux Kernel Following The Launch of a New Raspberry Pi Operating System

The Raspberry Pi Foundation extensively changed the way we perceived computers with the introduction of its first single board multi-functional computer.

The single board computers are mostly popular with programmers and IoT engineers as it allows them to run a wide range of software but the best and easiest way to get going when you get your hands on one of these SBCs is to download and install the Raspbian operating system created and maintained by the Raspberry Pi foundation and spearheaded by Simon Long.

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This operating system is specifically optimised for tiny PC and takes advantage of all the features it offers.

Every new launch of the devices sees the board upgraded with additional hardware which adds new features and capabilities and when the Raspberry Pi foundation launched the Pi 3 back in February, it came with an extensive list of features including an upgraded Bluetooth and WiFi.

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The new hardware upgrade didn’t play very nice with the operating system, and the developers sort ways to change this by switching from Debian to Linux Kernel.

The updated Raspbian operating system now features a new Bluetooth UI which comes in the form an indicator/plugin for the LXPanel of the LXDE desktop environment.

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Another addition to the Raspbian operating system is the inclusion of a new feature called the SD card copier. This allows users to copy the entire operating system from its current card to a larger and speedier SD card to keep a backup copy.

Raspbian is now based on Linux 4.4 kernel and includes the latest versions of the Scratch, PyPy, Sonic Pi, BlueJ, and support for a new shutdown option as well as a new shortcut to open a terminal.

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