Files are what make the world of SUSE Linux go round. They're the currency of any kind of operating system, because every time you use your computer, you generate new files, even if they're only temporary.
How SUSE Linux views files, as well as the disks and partitions that contain them, varies somewhat from how Windows handles files. In many ways, the Linux system of file management is far simpler than that in Windows (which, ironically, was created as an attempt to make everything easy!). The Linux system is also much more established.
In this chapter, I will explain how you can manage your files under SUSE Linux. This isn't a definitive guide; you'll need to wait until Chapter 15 to learn the technical ins and outs of the file system. However, it provides enough information for you to understand how the system works, and where and how you should store your data.