Raspberry Pi owners will soon be able to use an updated OS, one that looks set to bring significant updates in a number of areas to this highly customizable computing device.
The latest version of the Debian-based operating system (opens in new tab) brings an improved camera interface and better tools to help you turn your Raspberry Pi into a wireless access point.
As always, there are plenty of other upgrades, including a slew of smaller under-the-hood improvements.
Raspberry Pi OS 2022
Those interested in using their Pi devices to create WAPs may hear that the easy-to-edit ‘dhcphd’ file type for managing networks will be replaced by the NetworkManager app, which is already in use by others. Linux distributions. For now, ‘dhcphd’ will remain, but it is likely that NetworkManager will become the default tool in the future.
NetworkManager is noted for its connectivity to networks with hidden SSIDs, which is easier than its ‘dhcphd’ counterpart, and also smoothes out the process of dealing with VPNs.
As for the camera interface, PiCamera has been replaced by the improved PiCamera2 Python library. Reports suggest this should be easier to use, but the libcamera library will still be available to anyone who wants to use the more manual command line interface through the terminal.
Simon Long, author of the new OS announcement on the official Raspberry Pi site, claims that the benefits of PiCamera2 are so great that it “justifies its own blog post with a full description”.
For many, using a Raspberry Pi largely consists of setting it up for a single specific purpose and running it in the background, and as such, multiple devices can be deployed in a business scenario. Accessing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth menus without a mouse remains a core functionality, while reconfigured audio input controls aim to further improve usability.
Full details of all changes can be found on the Raspberry Pi website (opens in new tab)where you can download the latest version to install on a compatible Pi device.
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