Since its release in 2012, the Raspberry Pi Raspbian operating system has undergone several changes, but the desktop environment has remained largely unchanged. Pixel changes that.
If you want to use the PIXEL desktop for Raspbian Jessie, you have two options.
The first is to update your current system. If you are already using Raspbian Jessie, you can open a terminal window (or exit the command line) and type:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get dist-upgrade sudo apt-get install -y rpi-chromium-mods sudo apt-get install -y python-sense-emu python3-sense-emu
The update process is quite slow, so you will have time to make a hot drink even on a high-speed cable internet connection. Please note that you may be notified when the Plymouth theme is installed — just click Q, to exit and continue with the installation.
Once this is done, restart your Raspberry Pi:
Raspbian will be updated to the new desktop environment on restart.
Remote desktop with PIXEL
Along with a new desktop environment for Raspbian, the arrival of the Pixel heralds the addition of some new software and features. Depending on how you use your Pi, one of the more interesting additions might be RealVNC support. This is included so you can remotely connect to another system from your Raspberry Pi. To install this use:
sudo apt-get install -y python-sense-emu-doc realvnc-vnc-viewer
Note that any existing installation of xrdp will not work alongside RealVNC, so either ignore the above step or remove xrdp from Raspbian first.