Raspbian Jessie with PIXEL by Barend on 2016-10-05


We tested the newest update for Raspbian and must say we like it a lot. More details available on what changed in the article further down posted by Simon Long. All options on our store that included Raspbian and dual boot will now be updated to Raspbian with PIXEL.

Some mention was made about issues with extracting the zip file and imaging the micro SD due to size. Using WinRAR and Win32DiskImager didn’t give us any hassles.

Also keep in mind the way things go….there is already an update available for some bug fixes.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade


Available for download as a Raspbian image

Or included in the newest version of NOOBs 1.9.3

That being said….Yup there is a new version of NOOBs as well dated 23 September 2016.

The below is an extract from https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/introducing-pixel/

Posted by Simon Long

…….Well, that was two years ago, and I’ve learnt an awful lot since then. It’s actually surprisingly easy to hack about with the LXDE desktop once you get your head around what all the bits do, and since then I’ve been slowly chipping away at the bits that I felt would most benefit from tweaking. Stuff has slowly been becoming more and more like my original concept for the desktop; with the latest changes, I think the desktop has reached the point where it’s a complete product in its own right and should have its own name. So today, we’re announcing the release of the PIXEL desktop, which will ship with the Foundation’s Raspbian image from now on.


One of the things I said (at least partly in jest) to my colleagues in those first few weeks was that I’d quite like to rename the desktop environment once it was a bit more Pi-specific, and I had the name “pixel” in my mind about two weeks in. It was a nice reminder of my days learning to program in BASIC on the Sinclair ZX81; nowadays, everything from your TV to your phone has pixels on it, but back then it was a uniquely “computer-y” word and concept. I also like crosswords and word games, and once it occurred to me that “pixel” could be made up from the initials of words like Pi and Xwindows, the name stuck in my head and never quite went away. So PIXEL it is, which now officially stands for “Pi Improved Xwindows Environment, Lightweight”……

What’s new?

The latest set of changes are almost entirely to do with the appearance of the desktop; there are some functional changes and a few new applications, about which more below, but this is mostly about making things look nicer.

The first thing you’ll notice on rebooting is that the trail of cryptic boot messages has (mostly) gone, replaced by a splash screen. One feature which has frequently been requested is an obvious version number for our Raspbian image, and this can now be seen at the bottom-right of the splash image. We’ll update this whenever we release a new version of the image, so it should hopefully be slightly easier to know exactly what version you’re running in future.

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