Raspberry Pi Announces PIXEL Desktop Environment
Written by Michael Larabel in Desktop on 28 September 2016 at 04:09 PM EDT. 20 Comments
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Today the Raspberry Pi Foundation formally announced the Raspberry Pi PIXEL, their own desktop that will be used in future Raspbian spins.

PIXEL is short for Pi Improved Xwindows Environment, Lightweight desktop. PIXEL is derived from the LXDE desktop environment but with both appearance and fundamental changes, including some new applications.


New applicatioms include the RealVNC viewer and SenseHAT emulator. Raspbian is also switching its default browser from Epiphany over to Chromium.

For those wanting to learn more about Raspberry Pi's PIXEL desktop and how you can make use of it today on Raspbian, see the RaspberryPi.org announcement. Sadly it's still making use of the X.Org Server rather than acting as a Wayland compositor although we have seen the Raspberry Pi Wayland experiments in the past.
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