Raspberry Pi OS is expected to bring major updates in several areas

Raspberry Pi users will soon be able to use an updated operating system that promises to bring major updates in several areas of this highly customizable computing device.

The latest version of the Debian-based operating system brings an improved camera interface and better tools to help you turn your Raspberry Pi into a wireless access point.

As ever, there are many other upgrades, including a slew of smaller, under-the-hood improvements.

Those interested in creating WAPs with their Pi devices may be happy to hear that the easy-to-edit "dhcphd" file type for managing networks will be replaced by the NetworkManager application, which is already used by other Linux distributions . Currently, "dhcphd" still exists, but NetworkManager will likely be the default tool in the future.

NetworkManager is known for its connection to networks with hidden SSIDs, which is easier than its "dhcphd" counterpart, and also smoothes out the VPN process.

In terms of camera interface, PiCamera has been replaced by the improved PiCamera2 Python library. Reports suggest this should be easier to use, but the libcamera library can still be used by anyone wishing to use a more manual command line interface via the terminal.

Simon Long, author of the new OS announcement on the official Raspberry Pi website, claims that the benefits of the PiCamera2 are so great that it "guarantees its own blog post with a full description."

For many, using a Raspberry Pi consists mostly of setting it up for a dedicated purpose and letting it run in the background, so multiple devices can be deployed in a business scenario. Accessing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth menus without a mouse remains a core feature, while reconfigured audio input controls aim to further improve usability.

Full details of all changes can be found on the Raspberry Pi website, where you can download the latest version to install on compatible Pi devices.

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