Learn your way around the configuration tool found in Raspbian Jessie
One of the best new features found in PIXEL is the desktop Raspberry Pi Configuration tool.
Located inside the Preferences option in the desktop Menu, this enables you to configure the hardware and software settings of your Raspberry Pi.
The Raspberry Pi Configuration tool works alongside the old raspi-config tool, which can still be accessed through the terminal using sudo raspi-config. However, the new Configuration tool uses a GUI, making it much easier for newcomers. It offers the same options, but with a neater interface. Adjustments made in one tool affect the other.
As a result, you can use either tool or both.
Presently, the Raspberry Pi Configuration tool displays four tabs:
System is where you’ll find the most useful tools. In this area, you can expand the file system, change the password, and adjust login options.
Interfaces contain options for activating hardware and software features. Performance is used to access overclock mode, and alter the amount of RAM allocated to the GPU. The final tab, Localisation, enables you to adjust the locale, time zone, keyboard, and WiFi country for your Raspberry Pi.
There’s a bunch of powerful features in the Raspberry Pi Configuration tool. As a result, learning its options makes you a better Raspberry Pi owner.
Open Menu > Preferences > Raspberry Pi Configuration. If you’ve installed Raspbian via an image file (instead of NOOBS), then the first thing you need to do is expand the file system. Expand Filesystem makes the whole of the SD card space available. Click on Expand Filesystem, then OK.
Customise your Pi by changing the hostname and password. Enter a new name for your Raspberry Pi and click Change Password. Enter the same password into both fields and click OK. Note that the hostname – used to identify the Pi on your network – isn’t the same as your user name (which remains ‘pi’).
Below the Hostname setting sit various boot options. Choose To CLI to boot into the command line instead of PIXEL. You can also opt to disable the splash screen and/or remove the auto login. You need to restart Raspbian for any of these to take effect. Click OK and Yes to reboot your Raspberry Pi.
Reopen the Configuration tool and click on Interfaces to view the available options. Set Camera to Enabled if you plan on using the Raspberry Pi Camera Module. Now you’ll be able to take images directly from the camera. Set VNC to Enabled if you plan on using VNC to remotely access your Raspberry Pi.
Under the Localisation tab sit various international options. Click on Set Keyboard if you’re using an international keyboard. If you own a US keyboard, click Set Keyboard. Now choose United States under country and English (US) as the Variant. Click OK and select Yes to reboot the Raspberry Pi.