If you follow the Privacy Cookbook on Fridays you'll have seen a recent chapter entitled "the one with the Pi“ which is all about the...Raspberry Pi.
However, many people are getting a Pi and it has a pre- installed OS on it. For some it then becomes a struggle to get Kodi or Retro Gaming on there. But...it doesn't need to be as Raspberry Pi actually provide a pretty neat and very cool image downloader which covers some of the setups you would need including Kodi and (yes!) Retro Gaming.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation released recently a new version of the Pi Imager flashing utility, and it comes with some pretty good advanced options.
One of these is a hidden advanced option panel, which can only be accessed via keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Shift+X. Once you've accessed this advanced option panel you can control additional features. These include features like disabling overscan, enable SSH (secure Shell), set a default hostname (this was needed!), configure your WiFi, configure your keyboard and timeline etc.
You can even select if this settings are for the current session or for all future sessions.
It allows also play sound when the image is ready and/or eject the media when the flashing process is done, but most of all you can disable telemetry! (Please do so!)
“If you’d like to turn off telemetry, that’s fine; all it does is send a ping to the Raspberry Pi website that lets us create the statistics pages here,”
~ Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Chief Product Officer Gordon Hollingworth.
The Raspberry Pi Imager 1.6 also improves support for the Linux systems itself namely the "Client tried to set invalid geometry“ error in Wayland sessions. It adds support for filtering out ZRAM virtual devices in the driver selection and best of all allowing NVMe drives as a target drive. And it also made a change in the way the interface was and now is with the Choose SD Card bottom now called Choose Storage.
You can download the Raspberry Pi Imager 1.6 at the GitHub page:
Remember the Imager lets you select not just the Raspberry Pi OS but also alternative Raspberry Pi flavours including the Kodi setup we mentioned in Chapter 18.3 of the Privacy Cookbook which provides an easy first step to decentralizing your smart TV options away from your smart TV itself.