Going 64 and saying good-bye to “pi”

RaspberryPi OS just got refreshed — this time, it ditched the default user account, “pi”, in favor of user-created account name on first run. In addition to this, you can now pair a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse during the configuration process, making it easier to setup a RaspberryPi without messing with USB cables. These are just some of the new features added in the 04-04-2022 release.

This morning, I figured that I might give the 64-bit version another try and see if I can finally replace the 32-bit Bullseye install currently running on the RPi. So, off I went to download the installer.

I unwrapped a new 32GB SD card and flashed it with the new 64-bit RaspiOS. Using the spare Raspberry Pi 4, I booted the new OS to test the new features. As advertised, it asked me to provide the username. The RPi is connected to a touchscreen display, so there is no need for a mouse, but a keyboard is required since the installer did not come with on-screen keyboard support enabled at the get go. Tapping the Bluetooth icon quickly detected an old wireless Logitech keyboard (bought this a couple of months ago and have not used it yet).

Doing the usual — removed Geany, Thonny and Chromium, since they’re useless to me, but added Midori (but was replaced by Firefox-ESR since Midori was acting a bit weird) as browser. Installing Pi-Hole hit a snag since it didn’t detect the usual operating system, but a quick addition of a parameter to ignore the OS check did the trick. Log2ram, VNC, Unbound, Rclone, Plexmedia, and YT-dlp were added and configured. With the basic software up and running, the new 64-bit RaspiOS now powers the home media server and the Pi-Hole that protects the home network.

Lastly, the Siri shortcuts that I have on my iPhone, iPad and Mac need to be modified to reflect the new user subdirectory as /home/pi is no longer valid. Also need to change the SSH keys.

Everything is up and running now – hoping that the next OS upgrade can be done without re-installing the entire thing again. Now time to clone the SD card.

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