Requirements

  • Raspberry Pi running Raspbian Jessie with display, mouse, keyboard and power source (see Introduction, steps 1-5)

Assemble the computer, but make sure to insert the SD card before applying power- since the Raspberry Pi has no on/off-button, it will instantly power up. Recent versions of Raspbian are preconfigured for booting into the desktop, not the terminal. The Raspberry Pi can be configured by clicking Menu, then Preferences, then Raspberry Pi configuration:

Raspbian Desktop

Raspbian Desktop

This opens the configuration interface:
Raspbian configuration

Raspbian configuration

It is necessary to expand the SD card to its full size by clicking Expand Filesystem. Changing the password is a good idea, too. Additionally, make sure that Login as user 'pi' is enabled, as well as boot to Desktop. Furthermore, you may change the keyboard layout and systemwide language settings in the Localisation tab.
Raspbian localisation

Raspbian localisation

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