Originally Posted by FriedToast
tions/comments to other threads. Didn't mean to hijack this one!
Honestly, it's nice that this thread has some usefulness rather than people whining linux sucks and the rest of us being defensive.
You may want to experiment with the places view. Linux is a little different than Windows in that the desktop user really doesn't need to see the application and system directories. Linux keeps most config files (useful to the user) in the user's home directory. As a result you'll rarely have to browse to the /usr, /lib, /boot, etc., directories. (when you do want to browse those directories you usually do it as root through the commandline)
In the places view you can actually drag over "bookmarks" which are just shortcuts to other directories. I find that much more useful. I have a few samba shares linked there and a bunch of other directories I frequent, even ones outside of my home directory (like var/www). Makes browsing for commonly used folders very easy.