Chapter 2. Getting Around Linux on the Raspberry Pi

If you’re going to get the most out of your Raspberry Pi, you’ll need to learn a little Linux. The goal of this chapter is to present a whirlwind tour of the operating system and give you enough context and commands to get around the file system, install packages from the command line or GUI, and point out the most important tools you’ll need day to day.

Raspbian comes with the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE) graphical desktop environment installed. This is a trimmed-down desktop environment for the X Window System that has been powering the GUIs of Unix and Linux computers since the 80s. Some of the tools you see on the Desktop and in the menu are bundled with LXDE (the Leafpad text ...

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