This is going to be quite exciting! We are now going to look at some of the general settings for the Raspberry Pi in the operating system. To do this, we open the Raspberry Pi configuration.

  • 1. Open main menu
  • 2. Go to Preferences
  • 3. Select Raspberry Pi configuration

Attention: Making changes in the following tabs will affect the entire computer and other users as well. So be sure to confirm with your teacher, before making any changes here.

Tab 1: System

  • Password: Here you can change the administrator password if you have the rights to do so.
  • Hostname: The name of your Raspberry Pi computer can be defined here.
  • Boot: This settings determines whether the graphical interface should appear after booting the computer or only the terminal command line. This option is recommended only for advanced users.
  • Auto Login: By default, the current user is automatically logged in. However, you can also add a login window.
  • Network at Boot: determines whether the computer should automatically connect to a network after turning it on.
  • Splash Screen: The startup splash screen or landing page can be turned off here.

Tab 2: Display

In this tab you will find a few settings for the display. In this image you can see the default settings for your monitor. If you use a different monitor one day, you may need to change these values.

Tab 3: Interfaces

This tab shows a number of different interfaces and connection points. There is no need to go into great detail here. Rest assured that only a small part of this will actually be relevant for you.

  • Camera: If you want to connect a Raspberry Pi camera at a later stage, then you can set it to “Enabled” here.
  • SSH: Here you can log in using another computer via a so-called SSH connection. Be sure to have a look at the RASP database as well. It contains a number of articles related to these topics.
  • Remote GPIO: Here you can set whether the GPIO pins can be controlled remotely. This is going to be relevant for any experiments on the subject of electrical engineering.

Tab 4: Performance

This section deals with performance optimization and tuning for the Raspberry Pi. We would advise not to attempt any tuning or overclocking, in order to preserve the the Raspberry Pi’s longevity. The fan that is cooling the CPU is already set to an adequate temperature, allowing the CPU to run at efficient speeds.

Tab 5: Localization

In this tab you can customize the following:

  • Locale: localized settings (see course “Change keyboard layout and language”)
  • Timezone: The time zone you are in
  • Keyboard: The settings for your keyboard
  • Wireless LAN Country: Setting for your country’s Wi-Fi

Now you have discovered one of the core elements of the Raspberry Pi OS. Be sure to handle this section with great care!