Raspbian is updated with a new kernel and improvements in the file manager, among others


The official Raspberry Pi operating system for its simple boards has a new version as of this Wednesday. Is about Raspbian 2020-02-05, an update that introduces interesting new features such as improvements to the file manager, such as Places (Places) being available again. The difference is that instead of being in a separate view, it is now a smaller panel at the top of the directory browser. They have also included a new "new folder" icon in the toolbar and other icons have been modified.

Among the changes that are introduced in practically any version of any operating system, we hope that they will introduce a new kernel. And it is that, although it is not uploaded to a higher version, as in this case, an updated kernel includes the latest security patches detected and corrected in recent weeks, which is always good news. The kernel used by this new version of Raspbian is Linux 4.19.93.

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Raspbian Highlights 2020-02-05

  • Linux 4.19.93.
  • File manager improvements.
  • Support for Orca.
  • New Python games.
  • Volume control improvements.
  • Thonny improvements.
  • New Scratch blocks.
  • Screen flicker can be set more easily.
  • Updated packages, among which we have Chromium 78 and Table 19.3.2.
  • Activation of ARM NEON routines with Open SSL.
  • Improved multi-monitor support.

Existing users, we can update by opening a terminal and typing these commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

For those who want install the operating system for the first time, the new version is already included in NOOBS, the official tool to install Raspbian on any Raspberry Pi from the company. As we read in the official guide, available at this linkInstalling Raspbian on a Raspberry Pi is basically downloading NOOBS, unzipping the ZIP, copying its content to the root of a microSD card that we have previously formatted, putting the card on the board and following the instructions that appear on the screen.

If you try the new version, feel free to leave your experiences in the comments.

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