In This Chapter
Starting and navigating the desktop environment
Using external storage devices in the desktop environment
Using File Manager and Image Viewer
Browsing the web
Customizing your desktop
Logging out from LXDE
The quickest way to start playing with your Raspberry Pi is to use the more visual desktop environment, which is called LXDE (short for Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment). LXDE is part of the recommended Raspbian Linux distribution for the Raspberry Pi (see Chapter 3). LXDE is designed to be as efficient as possible in its use of memory and the processor. That makes it perfect for the Raspberry Pi, which is limited in both respects compared to many modern computers.
The desktop environment works in a similar way to the Windows or Mac OS operating systems, which let you use icons and the mouse to find and manage files and ...