Just got using the Rasberry PI today, using the wheezy linux from the recommended page on the site.
First time logging in I got into the set up page, only thing I really did was change the password (to "hello")
after rebooting, it asks for login/password. after entering I get a prompt saying
"pi@rasberrypi ` $"
After looking around a bit, I tried typing "chsh -s /bin/bash" as recommend to get into the GUI after this prompt. All this did was bring up another password prompt, and then put me right back to the $ prompt.
Any help would be appreciated for this new(ish) Linux user.