The easiest way to use your Pi is to open the built-in desktop. The Pi’s desktop looks and works like other computer desktops. It’s not exactly the same as a Windows or Mac desktop, but it’s close enough. You don’t have to learn a whole new way of using a computer.
To make the desktop appear, type startx and press Enter when the dollar sign appears after you power up the Pi and log in with Pi as the username and “raspberry” as the password.
The Pi loads its desktop app — this takes a while — and eventually you see the screen shown in Figure 5-1. You can now click around with your mouse, open, drag, resize and close windows, launch apps, and do all the things you usually do on a desktop.
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