In my opinion, one of Ubuntu’s strongest tools is nautilus’ (the GNOME file manager’s) strong integration with remote files, such as those located on remote FTP, SFTP, WebDav, etc.
While Windows has integration, it’s severely limited and really only supports drag-and-drop copying/pasting and open-in-place documents. Compared to nautilus’ ability to edit-in-place and supporting full file operations, Ubuntu really gives the web developer a strong and convenient set of tools that Windows can’t provide without third-party software.
In the following steps I’ll explain how to connect to an SFTP (SSH) server via nautilus’ built-in networking functions.
Open Places > Network
Select SSH and enter your connection details
In this step, you can check “Add Bookmark” and enter a bookmark name. Your bookmark will be added to the “Places” menu for one-click access to your network location!
Enter your password when prompted.
Browse and enjoy!
Questions, comments, and feedback are welcome and appreciated!