Starting the Desktop Environment
When you switch on your Raspberry Pi, it usually takes you into the command line interface (see Chapter 5), which enables you to control your computer by typing in instructions for it. You might be asked to enter a password first (see Chapter 3), but when you get to the prompt (
pi@raspberrypi ~ $), you should type in
startx to enter the desktop environment. It takes a moment or two to start and the screen might go blank for a short time.