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Raspberry Pi updated Debian, Arch Linux ARM images now available


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Those few very lucky people who got their Raspberry Pi’s can now download updated Debian, Arch Linux ARM images to play with.


This is what was posted:

Liam has just uploaded new versions of the Debian and Arch Linux ARM distributions to our mirror system. Head on over to the downloads page. The Debian image contains the following updates to the prior 13-04-2012 release:

  • Dom’s overscan adjustments
  • Dom’s ALSA driver
  • re-enable 1600×1200 output (regression in 13-04-2012 release)
  • boot file tidyup – and remove test cmdline file
  • vcgencmd provides a version number
  • fixes for EDID parsing
  • drive DMT modes in DVI modes by default, even if HDMI is reported as supported
  • some initial packages that might make setting up Wi-Fi possible
  • includes the non-free software source (nothing from it though) – useful for Wi-Fi firmware
  • the latest snapshot of the Qt5 code
  • a small package that will allow Raspberry Pi to be used as for Qt5 development out of the box
  • Raspberry Pi wallpaper on white background
  • LXDE theme for user “pi” is now “mist” (performance improvement)
  • a new Python IDE “spe” and related tools
    • winpdb – python debugger
    • wxglade – python dialogue designer
  • python-pygame
  • the “scratch” educational programming tool and required squeak-vm
  • lxtask – runs a task manager when CTRL-ALT-DEL pressed in LXDE
  • release identification in /etc/issue-rpi and /boot/issue.txt
  • ssh disabled by default – boot commands taken from /boot/boot.rc if present – candidate to enable ssh included
  • timezone set to Europe/London
  • tidied hidden files
  • package cache is clean

The alpha-quality ALSA driver included in this release is disabled by default. Type

modprobe snd_bcm2835

to enable it.

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Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


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