Raspberry Pi OS (32-bit) - May 2020 (2020-05-27)

Raspbian Jessie with Pixel - January 2017 (2017-01-11)

Still no release notes but here are a few comments from an engineer on their forum.

  • Exactly the same image as the previous one. The only difference is that the boot partition is FAT32 instead of FAT16.
  • In some edge cases, the bootcode deals with FAT32 better than FAT16. I don’t know the specifics.
  • It is exactly the last image, just with the first partition formatted differently. All the package versions are the same.
  • Normally there is a period of internal testing and a few revisions before a proper release goes live. It was either releasing a whole new updated image without testing, sticking to what we know works (and the issues we already know about) or saving thing modification for the next release. The first option ‘should’ be fine, but that’s exactly when things go wrong. There hasn’t been a release scheduled in the next few weeks and there’s no time to do one now, so that only leaves the second option.



Raspbian Jessie with Pixel - February 2017 (2017-02-16)

  • Chromium browser updated to version 56
  • Adobe Flash Player updated to version
  • RealVNC Server and Viewer updated to version 6.0.2 (RealVNC Connect)
  • Sonic Pi updated to version 2.11
  • Node-RED updated to version 0.15.3
  • Scratch updated to version 120117
  • Detection of SSH enabled with default password moved into PAM
  • Updated desktop GL driver to support use of fake KMS option
  • Raspberry Pi Configuration and raspi-config allow setting of fixed HDMI resolution
  • raspi-config allows enabling of serial hardware independent of serial terminal
  • Updates to kernel and firmware
  • Various minor bug fixes and usability and appearance tweaks


Raspbian Jessie with Pixel - March 2017 (2017-03-02)

  • Updated kernel and firmware (final Pi Zero W support)


Raspbian Jessie with Pixel - April 2017 (2017-04-10)

  • Wolfram Mathematica updated to version 11.0.1
  • Adobe Flash Player updated to version
  • Use PARTUUID to support USB boot


Raspbian Jessie with Pixel - June 2017 (2017-06-21)

  • Scratch 2 application included
  • Thonny Python IDE included
  • New icons with thinner outlines
  • Volume control more linear in behaviour
  • Updated Flash player
  • Updated RealVNC server and viewer
  • Various tweaks and bugfixes
  • New kernel and firmware


A blog post for the June 2017 update:

Raspbian Jessie with Pixel - July 2017 (2017-07-05)

  • New kernel and firmware
  • Filesystem created without the metadata_csum feature


Raspbian Stretch with Desktop / Raspbian Stretch Lite - August 2017 (2017-08-16)

  • Based on Raspbian Stretch (Debian version 9)
  • Version 60 of Chromium browser included
  • Version 3.0.1 of Sonic Pi included
  • Version 6.1.1 of RealVNC included
  • Version 0.17.4 of NodeRED included
  • Bluetooth audio routed via ALSA rather than Pulseaudio
  • SenseHAT extension added to Scratch 2
  • Various desktop applications modified to prompt for sudo password if needed
  • lxinput control options for mouse speed simplified
  • lxpanel plugins moved into separate packages
  • Wireless firmware for Pi 3 and Pi 0W modified to address Broadpwn exploit
  • Latest kernel and firmware
  • Various small tweaks, bug fixes and theme modifications


RASPBIAN STRETCH HAS ARRIVED FOR RASPBERRY PI is a blog post about their new release.

Raspbian Stretch with Desktop / Raspbian Stretch Lite - September 2017 (2017-09-07)

  • Disable predictable network interface names for Ethernet devices
  • Bug fix for keyboard settings dialog in Raspberry Pi Configuration
  • Bug fix for crash on some videos and animations in Chromium
  • Bug fix for taskbar crash when running RealVNC server
  • Bug fix for reloading projects with extensions in Scratch 2
  • Bug fix for MAC address problem in Bluetooth
  • Simple mode and new icons in Thonny
  • New Japanese translations in Raspberry Pi Configuration
  • Install fonts-droid-fallback for international fonts


Raspbian Stretch with Desktop / Raspbian Stretch Lite - November 2017 (2017-11-29)

  • Added battery monitor plugin for taskbar - works on x86 images or first-generation Pi-Top
  • Added cutdown mode to PCManFM file manager to reduce complexity
  • Added ability to rename files in PCManFM by clicking name when selected
  • Bug fix in Bluetooth ALSA module to reduce truncation of audio at end of playback
  • Various small tweaks, bug fixes and theme modifications
  • New kernel and firmware


Raspbian Stretch with Desktop / Raspbian Stretch Lite - March 2018 (2018-03-13)

[code] * Raspberry Pi 3 B+ support

  • WiFi is disabled until wireless regulatory domain is set (Pi 3 B+ only)
    • The domain can be done through ‘Raspberry Pi Configuration’ (rc_gui),
      ‘raspi-config’ or by setting ‘country=’ to an appropriate ISO 3166
      alpha2 country code in /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf.
  • Default wireless regulatory domain is now unset
  • Added support to desktop for different screen sizes and resolutions,
    including multiple preset options in Appearance Settings and pixel doubling
    option in Raspberry Pi Configuration
  • Version 2.1.16 of Thonny included
  • Version of Adobe PepperFlash player included
  • Version 1.2.post1 of Pygame Zero included
  • Bluetooth plugin now supports connection to Bluetooth LE HID devices
  • Network plugin now indicates 5G-compatible APs
  • Latest changes to Bluez ALSA service merged
    • service now started on CLI boot as well as GUI boot
  • Latest changes to dhcpcd networking plugin merged
  • Improved support for running on pi-top devices
  • Small design changes to PiX theme and icons
  • Bug fix - hide spurious window resize handles
  • Bug fix - Scratch 2 remote GPIO state block now works correctly
  • Updated WiFi Firmware
    • brcmfmac43455-sdio 7.45.154
    • brcmfmac43430-sdio
  • New packages:
    • policykit-1
    • obconf
    • python-buttonshim python3-buttonshim
    • python-unicornhathd python3-unicornhathd
    • python-pantilthat python3-pantilthat
  • Linux kernel 4.9.80+
  • Raspberry Pi firmware 3347884c7df574bbabeff6dca63caf686e629699[/code]

Raspbian Stretch with Desktop / Raspbian Stretch Lite - April 2018 (2018-04-18)

  • Fixed race between wifi-country.service and raspberrypi-net-mods.service
  • Linux kernel 4.14.34+
  • Raspberry Pi firmware 5db8e4e1c63178e200d6fbea23ed4a9bf4656658


Raspbian Stretch with Desktop / Raspbian Stretch Lite - June 2018 (2018-06-27)

  • New first-boot configuration wizard added
  • Recommended Software installer added
  • Bluej, Greenfoot, NodeRED, Claws Mail, VNC Viewer removed from image - can now be installed from Recommended Applications
  • Qpdfview PDF viewer installed instead of Xpdf
  • Version 65.0 of Chromium browser included, with latest Flash player
  • Volume up / down keys now change by 5% increments and affect currently-selected output device rather than internal device only
  • Network plugin now remembers previously-entered WiFi network passwords when prompting for reconnection
  • Serial port and serial console can now be switched separately in Raspberry Pi Configuration
  • Lxkeymap keyboard language setting application removed - replaced with dialog within Raspberry Pi Configuration
  • Wifi country and keyboard language setting dialogs in Raspberry Pi Configuration now callable from other applications
  • New version of Piboto font included to render with correct weight under some rogue applications
  • Reconnection to Bluetooth audio devices on reboot improved
  • Disable click-to-rename behaviour in file manager if single-click selection enabled
  • Appearance Settings dialog makes config changes to some Qt files to match selected theme
  • MIME file type associations improved
  • Multiple desktop management options removed from mouse middle-click menu
  • Menu shortcuts to Raspberry Pi website amended
  • Python 2 IDLE menu link removed
  • Sample Magpi PDF installed in /home/pi/MagPi
  • Various minor tweaks, bug fixes and appearance changes
  • Bluetooth updates
    • Firmware with Bluetooth 4.2 features
    • SCO profile suppot added via bthelper.service
  • Linux kernel 4.14.50+
  • Raspberry Pi firmware 748fb17992426bb29d99224b93cb962fefbdc833


Raspbian is really coming along nicely, my daughter uses it regularly on her Pi and I’m quite impressed with the level of polish it’s starting to get.

Agreed. When I demonstrate it to family and friends, they’re amazed that such an inexpensive computer can do so much. The polish makes it that much more impressive.

This may be of interest:


Teaser alert
I have been dedicating time to update the Raspberry Pi book with the Strecth OS and Xojo 2018 r1.1

Hello all,
I just bought the first Raspberry PI 3B+. I have been using an VF61 from Toradex earlier with WINCE. Developing solutions for Industrial application. The VF61 has WinCE which loads into memory on booting and hence protected by bad shutdowns. I have read everywhere that the Raspbian with Desktop has issues with improper shutdown (plug pulled off). I can not expect end users to use execute the proper shutdown procedure.
So my question : Is it possible to boot the Raspbian Stretch Desktop into readonly memory. For data persistence I will use a different partition. I am planning to test XOJO app to Desktop version. For those who might be interested to know what application. Please read on
I will be developing an application which will interface with USB Barcode Scanner. It will track the barcodes read and log the data into a remote mySql.
Thanks in advance to all.

Ooh! I’ve got to get me a Unicorn Hat! :D.