I figured it would be good to set up a dedicated thread to talk about setting up and getting started with the raspberry pi. So to start with here are the things you need to get started... 1) USB keyboard, some fancy ones seem to have problems. 2) either an SD card with the OS preinstalled or an SD card and computer with access to a SD card reader. 3) Monitor that can take HDMI or svideo TV/ monitor. 4) micro USB cable and a good power source to plug it in to. That's about it. What to expect when you boot up. After streams of text you will be asked to log in. All the OS's have default names and passwords. Then you are dumped onto a command line... Don't expect to see a desktop boot up, well not yet anyway. I'm sure it will come.