[Hpr] Raspberry Pi

George De Bruin sndchaser at cerebralrift.org
Sun Feb 7 11:52:28 PST 2021

I think you responded off-list to a message, as I don't see it in my inbox.

If you are talking about the controversy with the Microsoft Repo being 
added to people's RPi's: (a) it's definitely not ruined forever, (b) 
it's easily reversed if you don't want it, and (c) it only affects 
systems running the official Raspberry Pi OS.

To summarize the issue: Pi users have been finding that the Microsoft 
VSCode repository has been silently added to their systems, even if they 
aren't using VSCode itself.  There are no packages from the repository 
being installed.  The main issue that people have with the repository 
being added is that Microsoft's GPG keys are added to their system 
automatically without their consent, and even though they aren't using 
the repository, the system will ping Microsoft every time you add, 
remove or update your packages (or check for updates to the packages).

As I mentioned above, this is pretty easily fixed be removing the 
repository file from your system, and creating a un-writeble repo file 
in it's place so it doesn't get re-added.  (Here's a video that talks 
about the issue, and how to fix it: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuYPIohzo2Y).  The other option is to 
use a different distribution (like Manjaro) that doesn't have / won't 
add the Microsoft repository.  There is a discussion thread about this 
on the RaspberryPi forums here: 

So, IMO, yes there is an issue.  However, it's not the end of the world 
or the RaspberryPi was we know it.  There are plenty of ways to deal 
with it.


On 2/7/21 1:19 PM, Jeroen Baten wrote:
> I hope my reply to an earlier message clarifies.
> Regards, jeroen
> Op 7 feb. 2021, om 20:16, honkey Magoo <honkeymagoo01 at gmail.com 
> <mailto:honkeymagoo01 at gmail.com>> schreef:
>     Hey Kevin
>     Can you give us a link to some of these articles, because I have
>     no idea what your talking about and doing a quick search didn't
>     result in any information either.
>     Thanks
>     Honkeymagoo
>     On Sun, Feb 7, 2021, 2:09 PM Kevin O'Brien <zwilnik at zwilnik.com
>     <mailto:zwilnik at zwilnik.com>> wrote:
>         I've seen some articles and headlines that appear extreme, but
>         I am not knowledgeable about Raspberry Pis. Maybe someone out
>         that is and can do a show or two on the controversy, is
>         Raspberry Pi ruined forever, are there alternatives worth
>         trying instead?
>         Regards,
>         -- 
>         Kevin B. O'Brien
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