A new version of Raspberry Pi operating system

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Company Raspberry Pi has decided to extend their Raspberry Pi OS release from one to two branches of Debian in order to better support all users.

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The outdated edition of the Raspberry Pi OS will be based on the Debian Buster, the 2019 edition before the Debian Bullseye, which became the basis of the current Raspberry Pi OS in November.

Raspberry Pi product director Gordon Hollingworth explains that switching from one branch of Debian to another can cause “significant” problems for end-users, which is why it was decided to make two versions of Raspberry Pi OS: current and obsolete.

” Over the past nine years, Raspberry Pi has always supported only one release of Raspberry Pi OS (formerly known as Raspbian). This can cause significant problems when we move to a new upstream branch (for example, when we switched from Jessie to Stretch or from Stretch to Buster, or the recent move from Buster to Bullseye), ” 

” Of course, we understand that this is not always the right decision for certain users. For example, some of you are users in education who would like to follow tutorials and tutorials online. Others are industrial users, who have developed software to use certain versions of the library; or who value a stable, unchanging operating system. “,he said.

As a result, some users have called for a “stable, immutable operating system,” including the option to revert to parts of the OS to restore functionality that has now disappeared.

The Debian Buster version of the Raspberry Pi OS will be known as the “Debian old stable release”. In addition to being based on Buster, it removes the hardware-accelerated Chromium browser for video decoding and replaces it with the previous browser, which uses software acceleration.

“ Raspberry Pi OS (Legacy) will remain supported while various components continue to receive updates. For Debian Buster, support will be available until June 2024. For Linux 5.10 kernel, December 2026. If Debian Bookworm becomes stable at this point, Raspberry Pi (Legacy) will switch to Bullseye, ”notes Hollingworth.