Raspberry Pi OS December 2020 arrives with Chromium 84, accessibility improvements and new hardware options

Raspberry Pi OS December 2020

After launch this summer in which one of the most outstanding novelties was the introduction of Linux 5.4, we already have a new version of Raspberry PiOS. For the clueless or those who read about this operating system for the first time, remember that it is what was previously known as Raspbian, a name that came from uniting in the same word Raspberry, the company's brand, and Debian, the operating system in the one that is based.

From what we read in the release noteIt seems that it comes without really outstanding news, or that is the impression that a user gets who enjoys Manjaro much more in its KDE version with a much more attractive and complete Plasma. But this does not mean that it does not introduce new features, starting with a Chromium 84 which, among other things, improves the quality of the video on sites like YouTube.

What's new in the December 2020 edition of Raspberry Pi OS

  • Chromium 84, which improves the playback of videos from services such as YouTube, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
  • From now on, Raspberry Pi OS switches to using PulseAudio as the sound server.
  • Related to the above, there is now a change to the sound selector where the menu option appears at the bottom of device profiles.
  • Improvements when connecting and configuring printers, with CUPS and system-config-printer installed by default.
  • Support for Orca, the accessibility screen reader, has been improved in applications such as configuration and appearance. In addition, the sound of the reader has been improved thanks to the switch to PulseAudio.
  • Options have been added to the configuration tool, such as the System tab from which we can configure the LEDs that appear on computers such as the Raspberry Pi 400.

Users interested in installing Raspberry Pi OS, can download the new image from this link. Existing users can upgrade from the operating system with the command sudo apt full upgrade.


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  1.   alberto colomo said

    I hope things don't stop working because of the change in sound management.