New version of Raspbian is now available

New distribution images for the Raspberry Pi operating system, Raspbian, are available. The latest version includes bug fixes, security updates, and new features.

Raspbian-only version.




NOOBS (Raspbian and More) version.




I have listed the patch notes below, and BOLDED the ones  found of interest:

  • In startup wizard, assign keyboard to a country as per Debian installer recommendations
  • In startup wizard, add an option to use US keyboard in preference to country-specific option
  • In startup wizard, show IP address on the first page
  • In startup wizard, check for existing wifi network connection and show it if there is one
  • In startup wizard, install language support packages for LibreOffice and other applications
  • In startup wizard, improve operation with keyboard only and no mouse
  • Password change in Raspberry Pi Configuration and startup wizard now works properly if passwords contain shell characters
  • Battery indicator plugin modified to cope with Pi-top hardware monitor crashing
  • Networking plugin hides wifi password characters by default
  • In Scratch 2 GPIO plugin, set pin from a dropdown list rather than free text
  • In Scratch 2 SenseHAT plugin, swap x and y-axis values for the LED array
  • Include the latest Adobe Flash player (
  • Include latest RealVNC Server (6.3.1)
  • Include libav-tools
  • Include ssh-import-id
  • Removed Mathematica (made the download image smaller and can be installed later if the user needs it)
  • Merge in the latest third-party code for Bluetooth ALSA interface
  • Add ability to prevent software update changing configuration files, by creating ~/.config/.lock file
  • Various other small bug fixes, tweaks, and changes to text
  • Make dhcpcd work with 3G devices
  • Add hw acceleration to ffmpeg
  • Improved WiFi-BT coexistence parameters
  • Run fake-hwclock before systemd-fsck-root
  • Raspberry Pi PoE HAT support
  • Linux kernel 4.14.71
  • Raspberry Pi firmware 5b49caa17e91d0e64024380119ad739bb201c674

I installed the latest version of NOOBS today on my Raspberry Pi Zero WH with fantastic results. I will be installing everything on it like I have shown you in past videos and posts and expect one here very soon.

How to secure your Raspberry Pi board [Tutorial]

There is a great Raspberry Pi tutorial where you will learn to secure your Raspberry Pi. You will also learn to implement and enable the security features to make the Pi secure. This article is an excerpt from the book, Internet of Things with Raspberry Pi 3, written by Maneesh Rao. I give credit where it is due and this is what I wanted to share with all of you. Worth the time to read.

Secure Your Raspberry Pi
Secure Your Raspberry Pi

You can read all about it here.

The Pimoroni Inky pHAT

This tutorial will show you how to install the Pimoroni  Inky pHAT Python library, and then walk through its functionality. You’ll learn how to run the a few of the included examples: the calendar and the name badge. For the complete tutorial you can go the the Pimoroni website:



First thing I did on my Raspberry Pi Zero WH was open a new terminal window and update the software to tun the Pimoroni  Inky pHAT:

sudo pip install –upgrade inkyphat


Then I made sure my version of Raspbian was up to date with this command:

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


Then I the following command to setup the Inky pHAT:

curl | bash


Once that’s done reboot your Pi to let the changes propagate.

After the reboot open up a terminal window and navigate to:

cd /home/pi/Pimoroni/inkyphat/examples

Once there you can then type “ls” to see the examples in that directory. I did the calendar:




python “”


Final thoughts:

I am very happy with the completion of this project. It seems that all the soldering I did on the header works as intended. I will update more as I intend to use this Inky pHAT in all of my future projects. I will definitely be adding my logo on there!

What is next weeks project?