I just upgraded to Ubuntu 11.10 (32-bit) and had a smooth transition, except for one glitch. When my desktop appeared, nothing was on it. I tried to open my home folder and it refused to open. Through application dialogs, I can see that all my files are exactly where they used to be, including the ones on my desktop -- it's just that they seem to be hidden for some reason!
I wasn't using any special desktop app that I was aware of, just whatever came with the Ubuntu distro by default. Please let me know if you understand what happened to my file visibility and how I might restore it.