The new version of Raspberry Pi OS has been officially launched. The new version of the operating system is based on Debian 12 “Bookworm”. The operating system runs on all existing Raspberry Pi models.
The new Raspberry Pi operating system It can now be downloaded As 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The company shares details about the new update In a blog post. Users can only install the new version through a completely fresh installation, for example by creating an SD card with the operating system using the Raspberry Pi Imager.
The biggest change is that the Raspberry Pi 4 and 5 with the new release use the more modern Wayland display engine by default. The previous version, which was based on Debian 11, still uses X11 by default, which is now decades old and according to the developers has limitations on modern computers. Older Raspberry Pi models will still use the X11; Developers are still working on improving Wayland for older single-board computers. The manufacturer confirms that in the long term, the former Raspberry Pis will also turn into Wayland.
Furthermore, the new Raspberry Pi OS version will feature an updated audio system. The operating system switches to PipeWire, where it previously had PulseAudio. The first has similar features, but has “better support for audio with video.” The company says there should be less latency and work better over Bluetooth. Raspberry Pi OS is also getting a new network manager and the Firefox web browser is officially supported for the first time.