Raspbian Update Released With Pi 3 Bluetooth UI, SD Card Copier

Written by Michael Larabel in Debian on 13 May 2016 at 08:18 AM EDT. 6 Comments
For those using Raspberry Pi's Debian-based operating system, a major update is available this Friday morning for Raspbian.

Highlights of this Raspbian OS update include:

- A custom Bluetooth plugin for the LXDE panel to make it easy to manage Bluetooth devices on the Pi 3, since none of the existing plugins were deemed effective for Raspbian purposes.

- Bluetooth audio is now supported.

- There is a SD card copier GUI program to make backups easier.

- The pigpio library was added for making it easier to deal with the Raspberry Pi GPIO pins from C, Python, and other programming languages.

- The Geany text editor is now bundled with Raspbian.

- Various other application updates.

- The used kernel is now derived from Linux 4.4.

- Other tweaks and fixes.

More details on this Raspbian update can be found via the RaspberryPi.org blog.
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