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The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released PIXEL on PC and Mac. PIXEL being the desktop environment that makes the Raspbian operating system 5 Ways New Raspbian Jessie Makes Raspberry Pi Even Easier to Use 5 Ways New Raspbian Jessie Makes Raspberry Pi Even Easier to Use Following the release of Debian Jessie in July, the Raspberry Pi community has been blessed with a new release of the Raspbian variant, based on the "parent" distro. Read More look good. This means that anyone can enjoy the same experience even when switching from a Raspberry Pi to a PC or Mac.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation originally launched PIXEL in September 2016 in order to make the Raspbian operating system more aesthetically pleasing and more intuitive to use Upgrade Raspberry Pi's Raspbian OS With the PIXEL Desktop Environment Upgrade Raspberry Pi's Raspbian OS With the PIXEL Desktop Environment Since its release in 2012, the Raspberry Pi's Raspbian operating system has had a few revisions, but the desktop environment had remained largely the same. Pixel changes that. Read More . PIXEL, for the uninitiated, stands for “Pi Improved Xwindows Environment, Lightweight”.

Eben Upton, the founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, states that PIXEL “represents our best guess as to what the majority of users are looking for in a desktop environment”.

To this end, it offers “a clean, modern user interface; a curated suite of productivity software and programming tools, both free and proprietary; and the Chromium web browser with useful plugins, including Adobe Flash, preinstalled.” It’s also all built on top of Debian, providing users with “access to thousands of free applications”.

And PIXEL is now available for PC and Mac.

Breathe New Life Into an Old Computer

PIXEL can be installed on any PC or Mac with an x86 processor and at least 512MB of RAM. PIXEL can be downloaded completely for free, and then burned onto either a DVD or USB stick. Due to licensing issues, the only elements regular Raspberry Pi users will find missing are Wolfram Mathematica and Minecraft. Even though Minecraft is now available on Apple TV.

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Upton is quick to point out that “this is a prototype rather then a final release version”. Which means that “due to the wide variety of PC and Mac hardware out there, there are likely to be minor issues on some hardware configurations”.

We wouldn’t recommend installing PIXEL on your brand new PC or Mac. However, if you have an old computer lying around 5 Reasons Why Apple Is Wrong About Old Windows PCs 5 Reasons Why Apple Is Wrong About Old Windows PCs During a recent Apply keynote speech, Phil Schiller stated it was "sad" that 600 million Windows PCs were more than five years old. We disagree and think it's a Microsoft triumph. Here's why. Read More unused and unloved, the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s new Linux desktop environment could prove to be very useful in breathing new life into an old computer.

What do you think of Raspberry Pi, Raspbian, and PIXEL? Will you be installing PIXEL on one of your old computers? If so, please do let us know what you think of PIXEL as a desktop environment. If not, please let us know what’s putting you off trying PIXEL.

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