One of the more useful start up items to install on your Pi is VNC server (Tight VNC server). This program will allow you to run a graphical remote desktop connection server on your Raspberry Pi which you can then connect to from another system (such as your *nix, Macintosh or Windows desktop / laptop).
Setting it all up is very straight forward but getting it going will require you to write a small script which will be called on the Pi’s boot.
My first script on the Pi, I was swollen with pride when it ran first time without any errors.
I’m not going to try and re-invent the wheel here, I followed the instructions from the following link to set it up for a single user, in my case the inventive (and default) “pi”.
And I then found the Tight VNC Client here:
Of all the things to bloat the SD card on your Pi, VNC server should definitely be one of them.
On a side note, my daughter was pissed when her fingers wouldn’t parse linux commands correctly…