Raspberry Pi Foundation was released the Raspbian 2018-11-13 with the VLC media player, several improvements and updates. Check out the news and find out where to download the distro.
Raspbian is a free operating system based on Debian and optimized specifically for Raspberry Pi hardware.
However, Raspbian offers more than a pure operating system. It comes with more than 35,000 packages and precompiled software in a nice format for easy installation on Raspberry Pi.
Raspbian was created by a small and dedicated team of developers who are fans of Raspberry Pi hardware, Pi Foundation educational goals, and the Debian Project.
What is New in Raspbian 2018-11-13
The big change in this version is the addition of the VLC media player which is justified by the system producers.
When we first entered Raspberry Pi in the dark and distant past and started looking at Raspbian. We made a list of the features and additional applications that we thought needed to be a ‘full‘ modern desktop operating system.
Over the years, we have managed the most score of the items on this list. But a blatant omission has pestered me all this time with a decent media player.
Windows has Windows Media Player, MacOS has QuickTime Player and iTunes, but we had a big gap where something similar should be for Raspbian.
It has been a common request on the forums and although we have pieces that are part of the work, we really wanted a good GUI-based media player.
This version also marks the arrival of the Appearance Settings program which will try to make it easier to configure the Raspberry Pi desktop without the user having to tinker with various configuration files.
The project is now releasing two separate images.
The default version of Raspbian is now a minimal install – it offers the desktop, the Chromium browser, the VLC media player, Python, and some accessory programs.
Running next to this is the “Raspbian Full” image, which also includes all our recommended programs: LibreOffice, Scratch, SonicPi, Thonny, Mathematica and several others.
In addition, the Recommended Software program that was released in the latest version can be used to install or uninstall any of the additional programs that are in the full image.
So if you download the minimum image and check all the options in the Recommended Software, you will end up with the complete image and vice versa.
To learn more about this version of the distribution, visit this link.
Download and try Raspbian 2018-11-13
To update an existing installation, open a terminal window and use the usual commands:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
If you want to install from scratch, the ISO image of Raspbian 2018-11-13 can now be downloaded by visiting the distribution download page .