Raspberry Pi OS: What's New?
While this latest update isn't a major update, it still brings some useful additions. If you're using a Raspberry Pi as a desktop computer, you'll definitely welcome it.
Let's take a look at what the new version has to offer.
Quick search function in the main menu
While Windows systems and many Linux distributions already include this basic feature, the Raspberry Pi operating system has not had this feature until now.
Users can tap the "Raspberry Pi" icon or the default host key on the keyboard to open the main menu, type the name of the application to launch, and a new search box will automatically appear.
Use the up and down arrow keys to navigate the menu, and the enter key to select an application.
New search box for main menu
If the user doesn't type anything, the main menu functions exactly as it does when the Raspberry Pi icon is tapped to bring up the app.
No more opening applications with the mouse cursor.
New keyboard shortcuts
Just like the main menu, you can also turn on Wi-Fi and toggle Bluetooth from the keyboard.
Pressing will open the Wi-Fi menu, but is for Bluetooth.
Enhanced Audio Input Control
The taskbar will now display two separate icons for input and output devices instead of a single default volume icon.
A microphone icon also pops up next to the speaker icon whenever an audio input device is connected. Additionally, if multiple audio input devices are connected, the user can right-click the icon to select a device from the list, while left-clicking will reveal the volume control slider.
NetworkManager is a popular daemon used by many Linux distributions to handle networking functions. It includes many features that help users adjust and configure network settings accordingly.
If you want to learn more, learn more about daemons in Linux here:
What is a daemon in Linux? Why use them?
In terms of its functionality, preliminary support for NetworkManager was introduced as an alternative to dhcpcd. This means users can easily manage VPN connections without too much hassle, and can even configure the Raspberry Pi as a Wi-Fi access point.
Note that NetworkManager support should still be in beta. For a stable network experience, it is recommended that users continue to use dhcpcd.
If you still want to try NetworkManager, there are some advanced steps to follow. But rest assured, if you encounter any problems with NetworkManager, you can choose to switch back to dhcpcd.
Get the Raspberry Pi OS
Head over to the official download page linked below to download the new image file.
You can use the Raspberry Pi Imager on any system to make a microSD card for use on the Raspberry Pi. In any case, you can download the Raspberry Pi OS files separately for setup.