Raspbian Jessie - February 2016 (2016-02-03)
- new version of Sonic Pi (2.9)
- new version of Scratch (15/1/16)
- new version of Node-Red (2.5)
- new version of Wolfram (10.3)
- optional experimental GL desktop driver (can be enabled using advanced options in command-line raspi-config)
- new version of Java (1.8.0_65)
- new version of WiringPi
- raspi-gpio included
- ping no longer requires sudo (except NOOBS installs)
- support for more USB audio devices in lxpanel
- bug fix for creation of new menus in Alacarte
- various changes to raspi-config and GUI to tidy up board support and fix bugs, and updated translations
- small tweaks to theme to support GL driver
If anyone wants to help out tracking down an elusive ARM Linux bug, please check out <https://xojo.com/issue/42413>.
I am just updating my RPi desktop… I try to keep it updated and only had 77 packages to update…
Thanks for the heads up there was a new version…
Raspbian Jessie - February 2016 (2016-02-09)
- dtb that uses mmc sdcard driver (fixes problems experienced with certain SD cards)
Raspbian Jessie - February 2016 (2016-02-26)
Rasbian Jessie - May 2016 (2016-05-10)
- New version of Scratch, which no longer requires sudo
- New version of BlueJ
- New version of NodeRED
- New version of pypy
- pigpio included
- geany editor included
- SD Card Copier added (can be used to duplicate or back up the Pi)
- Bluetooth plugin added to taskbar
- Volume control on taskbar now compatible with Bluetooth devices
- New shutdown helper application
- Mouse double-click speed setting added to mouse and keyboard preference application
- Option to enable / disable 1-wire interface and remote access to pigpio added to Raspberry Pi config application
- File system automatically expanded on first boot
- Empty Wastebasket option added to right-click menu
- Ctrl-Alt-T can be used to open a terminal window
- Various small bug fixes and appearance tweaks
- Updated firmware and kernel (https://github.com/raspberrypi/firmware/commit/cc6d7bf8b4c03a2a660ff9fdf4083fc165620866)
I noticed that this latest Jessie distribution upgrade increased the stability of the Raspberry Pi 2 B and the GUI seems to be more responsive.
Some of the additional stability and responsiveness may be due to the newer Linux kernel. 4.4 is an LTS (long term support) release and an excellent one.
Visit https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/another-update-raspbian/ for an informative blog post on Rasbian Jessie - May 2016 (2016-05-10).
pigpio sounds interesting, especially with the close timing that seems to be possible. Would that mean there could be an alternative to NeoPixel drivers without Arduino or similar?
Just a friendly note that the latest update had somehow disabled WiringPi. After reinstalling WiringPi then everything was working again.
This was on Raspberry Pi 2 B.
Rasbian Jessie - May 2016 (2016-05-27)
- Fixed crash of lxpanel when D-bus not accessible
- Fixed permissions for D-bus Bluetooth access
- Removed sudo from shutdown options
- Appearance of tooltips updated in theme
- Fixed ejecter plugin grabbing focus
- raspi-config command line and GUI apps tidied; unnecessary reboots removed
- More error detection in piclone; copying of volume names and IDs added
- Updated translation files
Rasbian Jessie with Pixel - September 2016 (2016-09-23)
- New PIXEL desktop environment - new icon set, window design, desktop images, splash screen and greeter
- Chromium web browser included
- Infinality font rendering patches included
- RealVNC server and viewer included
- SenseHAT emulator included
- Rfkill entries added to Wifi and Bluetooth panel plugins
- Updates to various standard applications, including Scratch and NodeRED
- Various bug fixes, tweaks and translation updates
- Updated firmware and kernel (https://github.com/raspberrypi/firmware/commit/ad8608c08b122b2c228dba0ff5070d6e9519faf5)
Introducing Pixel may be of interest.
Rasbian Jessie with Pixel - November 2016 (2016-11-25)
- SSH disabled by default; can be enabled by creating a file with name “ssh” in boot partition
- Prompt for password change at boot when SSH enabled with default password unchanged
- Adobe Flash Player included
- Updates to hardware video acceleration in Chromium browser
- Greeter now uses background image from last set in Appearance Settings rather than pi user
- Updated version of Scratch
- Rastrack option removed from raspi-config and Raspberry Pi Configuration
- Ability to disable graphical boot splash screen added to raspi-config and Raspberry Pi Configuration
- Appearance Settings dialog made tabbed to work better on small screens
- Raspberry Pi Configuration now requires current password to change password
- Various small bug fixes
- Updated firmware and kernel
Raspbian Jessie with Pixel - January 2017 (2017-01-11)
No release notes yet. Perhaps because today is the 10th and it was released on the 11th.
If you haven’t tried Pixel, well, you should! It makes the Pi (particularly the Pi 3) a really nice little alternative desktop, especially with an “official” build of Chromium. If you’ve only tried Raspbian from a year or two ago, you will see some really nice improvements.
You can even try Pixel on your Mac or PC - see https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=168852