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Moving to Ubuntu Linux® by Marcel Gagné

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Chapter 4 Navigating Nautilus

Nothing on your computer is more important than data. Other than playing games (and even there), computers are about storing and dealing with information. That’s why being able to work well with that data—moving, copying, renaming, and deleting it—is vitally important to getting comfortable in your Linux world.

That means it is time to revisit your new old friend, Nautilus, the GNOME file browser.

Files, Directories, and the Root of All Things

There’s a saying in the Linux world that “everything is a file” (a comment attributed to Ken Thompson, the developer of UNIX). That includes directories. Directories are just files with lists of files inside them. All these files and directories are organized into ...

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