The default file browser in Ubuntu is Nautilus.
Any file or folder that has a full stop (‘period’ to our trans-Atlantic cousins) as the first character of its name is considered to be a hidden or system file or folder and they do not show up in Nautilus.
To make hidden files and folders appear in Nautilus, type Ctrl+H
To make Nautilus ignore them again, type Ctrl+H once more.
I’ve recently blown away Windows 7 Professional from my main computer and installed Ubuntu 11.04, Natty Narwhal.
The continual problems and blue screens just got the better of me, and I ditched the whole sorry mess. Ubuntu installed in 20 minutes, didn’t ask for any drivers and is running like a dream.
All of the software I used in Windows was open source or free software anyway, and it was all cross-platform – what was there to lose apart from frustration?
This version of Ubuntu features the new interface called Unity.
Journeyman is an old term meaning someone who is no longer an apprentice but not yet a master craftsman. That’s where I am with Gnu/Linux and Ubuntu.
This is my record of interesting things I learn as I explore Ubuntu, and any tips or gotchas or warnings for those who might decide to follow me.