So I've installed Raspbian (from the image file found on the website) onto an SD Card and plugged this into my Raspberry Pi --- it works. I used my TV to display the output and everything worked fine.
Now I'm trying to use my laptop screen/keyboard/touchpad with the Raspberry Pi, and came across this: http://pihw.wordpress.com/guides/direct-network-connection/.
I've followed the instructions, and I've added
ip=169.254.0.2 (both my IPv4 and IPv6 settings are set to Automatically Obtain an IP Address) to the end of my
boot/cmdline.txt. After adding this, I tried again with my TV and everything went smoothly. I saw it wait the 120 seconds (because it could not find the network, which was expected), and so it recognized my addition.
However, when I plug the Pi into my laptop with a standard network cable and start the Pi up, nothing happens. It turns on and the appropriate lights turn on, but it does not display on my laptop.
I think I am missing something on actually displaying the Pi on my laptop, so how do I do this? Thanks in advance :).