I am in the process of moving out of Windows and into Ubuntu as completely as possible. One of the problems I am having to deal with has to do with filenames. I had given names starting with a period sign ('.') to a large number of files in Windows over the years ... they will easily run into the hundreds ... mainly to keep them at the top in their respective directories. Now that I am in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, I can't see them at all. If I go back to Windows and delete the period signs, they show up nicely in Ubuntu. But it's next to impossible ... well, extremely time-consuming ... to change the names of all those hundreds of files. Wondering if there's a way around this. Would really appreciate some help. Thanks!